2012 Achaval-Ferrer Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza (Previously $30)

SKU #1166611 90 points James Suckling

 Fascinating aromas of dried flowers and dark currants. Full to medium body with bright fruit and a delicate finish. Turns to chocolate and sweet tobacco.  (8/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon mixes grapes from Medrano where it is warmer and their vines are young, while Agrelo is fresher (very old vines). The wine aged for eight months in French oak barrels, third and fourth-use. It is a ripe Cabernet with a creamy texture, where they are looking for the varietal character. It has a velvety palate and is medium-bodied and intense, with fine tannins combining the elegance of the Old World and fruit of the New World. (LG)  (4/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red-ruby. Redcurrant, plum, mocha and tobacco leaf on the nose and palate. Smooth, saline and distinctly Old World, with a truffley nuance and good peppery acidity to frame and carry the red fruit flavors. Finishes subtle and persistent, with slightly dusty tannins. (ST)  (3/2014)

Wine Spectator

 A juicy red, showing a candied edge to the racy raspberry and cherry fruit, with cedar and mineral accents to the chewy finish.  (11/2013)

K&L Notes

This is our first experience with Achaval-Ferrer's Cabernet Sauvignon bottling. We have loved their Malbecs - from the entry-level Mendoza to the top-flight "Fincas," we have featured their Quimera blend, and now we get to see what these folks can do with Cabernet Sauvignon. The answer is, quite a bit. This is an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that, due to very good vineyards, reasonable yields, and a light touch in the cellar, shows pure red and dark Cab fruits, with persistence and nice length. For anyone after a refined, purely fruited, smooth, and elegantly styled Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, I would be very tempted to re-route them south to Lujan de Cuyo (Mendoza) for this delicious bottling! (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentine & Chilean Wine Buyer)

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By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2016 | Send Email
Ferrer... The word alone brings a clear and vibrant image to the front of your brain. It is a vision that elicits a mature, complex, and supremely satisfying experience. Yes, my friends, we are indeed speaking of Ferrer. MIGUEL FERRER! Legendary character actor extraordinaire, he's been around the block enough to know that what really matters in life is a great bottle of wine for an even greater price. That's exactly what is to be found in this Cabernet that has taken his name. Full bodied, and fronted by a layer of black and blue fruit, this has incredibly soft tannins and a finish that lingers just enough. For $14.99, you can afford plenty of bottles to last your entire CROSSING JORDAN marathon!

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2016 | Send Email
This is an extremely drinkable Cabernet at a great price. The bright red fruit and medium acidity rounds quite nicely to the smooth, softly tannic finish. I'm astounded that we can offer this much wine at this price point.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2016 | Send Email
Achával Ferrer's Cabernet Sauvignon is, like the rest of their range of wines, impeccably made, tasty, and very well balanced. Red currant and raspberry leaf flavors show just a hint of a developed savory side, while the particularly smooth mid-palate and round, polished tannins, a consistent trait in most of their wines, show themselves as well. Solid Cab for under $30, and an absolute steal for under $15!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5