2009 Achával Ferrer "Finca Mirador" Malbec Mendoza
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Finca Mirador was sourced from vines planted in 1921 and yields of 0.9 tons per acre. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports a captivating nose of sandalwood, exotic spices, espresso, lavender, black cherry, and black raspberry. Layered on the palate with a velvety texture, it conceals enough structure to evolve for at least 3-4 years. This nicely proportioned effort will deliver prime drinking from 2015 to 2029.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(from 70+-year-old malbec vines planted at 2,400 feet; 14 hectoliters per hectare): Good full ruby-red. Vinous aromas of dark berries, licorice, espresso and minerals lifted by violet and rose petal nuances; aeration brought captivating spicy perfume. Densely packed and youthfully imploded, and not quite as black in the mouth as the nose suggests. Penetrating, aromatic flavors of red berries and rose petal convey an almost pinot-like vibrancy. Offers a lovely light touch but has a firm spine for long aging.
Aromas and flavors of fresh crushed raspberry, blackberry, violet and graphite expand on the palate, which remains fresh and focused as medium tannins add support to the finish. Malbec. Drink now through 2016. 300 cases imported.
Intense purple fruited aromas show a hint of the exotic, with some dusty cumin notes adding interest. Intense, tight fruit on the palate shows the usual hallmarks of this vineyard site: purple fruit, loads of acidity and minerality. As ever, this particular Malbec shows an elegance and structure reminiscent of Burgundy--particularly the Côtes de Nuits. A must have Malbec for fans of the variety and admirers of wine from Argentina.