2012 Achaval-Ferrer Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza (Previously $30)
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.
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)
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)
A juicy red, showing a candied edge to the racy raspberry and cherry fruit, with cedar and mineral accents to the chewy finish.
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)