Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2014 750ml
SKU 819747

Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2014

Uco Valley - Mendoza - Cuyo - Argentina

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Rated 93 by James Suckling
Tight and refined with cool, fine tannins and a fresh flower and citrus undertone. Medium to full body and a bright finish. Drink now or hold.
Rated 91 by Vinous Media
Bright ruby. The nose showcases the Cabernets in the early going, offering scents of cassis, blackberry, dark plum, meat, mocha and tobacco leaf. Plush and fairly full--much less austere in the middle than the 2013 version and showing more easy sweetness than that wine but perhaps not quite the same ripeness. Flavors of dark berries, menthol and herbs are supple and smooth but possess good reserve. The suave tannins are nicely integrated, and a finishing note of licorice contributes firmness.
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Region: Cuyo

The historic mountainous region of Cuyo in central-west Argentina, remains the nation's key wine producing area to this day, producing over eighty percent of the country's wines. Argentinian wines have gone from strength to strength over the past few decades, and it is undoubtedly the region of Cuyo which produces Argentina's most characterful and representative wines. Cuyo's dry and arid soil, rich in iron and other minerals has proven to be an ideal environment for the cultivation of Malbec grapes, alongside several other varietals which thrive in the hot climate and reach full ripeness each autumn, expressing their fruit-forward character. The vineyards of Cuyo are fed by the great Desaguadero River and its tributaries, helped by the extensive irrigation projects which have been undertaken over the past century.

Country: Argentina

Anyone who has been the Mendoza area of Argentina may be surprised to find that this is one of the primary wine regions of the country, now comfortably sitting as the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. The Mendoza is an incredibly dry and arid desert, which receives as little as two hundred millimeters of rainfall per year, and supports very little life at all. We can thank the ancient technologies of the Huarpes Indians for Argentina's current booming wine trade, as they managed to irrigate the region by digging channels from the Mendoza river, thus creating an area which had enough access to water with which to grow vines. Not only this, but the grape which Argentina primarily uses for their wines – Malbec – actually flourishes in such conditions, as it is less likely to suffer from the rot it so often finds in the considerably damper regions of Europe it has its origins in. Such expertise and foresight has resulted in Argentina being able to produce high quality wines of both red and white types, with Malbec, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon dominating the vineyards for red wines, and Torrontés, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc making up for most of the white wine produced there.