2014 Achával Ferrer Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1270906 92 points James Suckling

 This is so savory and subtle with lemon and blackberry character. Full-bodied, yet dense and refined. Such beauty. Pure.  (6/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The nose of the 2014 Malbec is remarkably similar to the 2013 showing high-pitched aromas of wild berries and flowers. Its in the palate where you find a little more savoriness, perhaps more spicy flavors with a slightly bitter finish. It's a blend of grapes from different location across Mendoza that represents very well what is the Achával-Ferrer interpretation of Malbec. (LG)  (8/2014)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (2/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Very fresh and directed and lively. Good energy, kerpow! (JR)  (9/2015)

Wine Spectator

 A ripe red, with flavors of roasted plum and macerated cherry. Asian spice notes dominate the zesty finish. (KM)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

Achával Ferrer's Mendoza Malbec is always the most forward, immediately pleasurable, and affordable of this leading winery's lineup. For those of you who love Malbec's mixture of plum and berry fruit, this is the perfect Malbec for you. Year after year, it is a wine that is lively on the palate, and brighter tasting than many of its similarly priced competitors. The consistent quality is no surprise, given the careful sourcing of fruit from long-term contracted, mature vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo, San Carlos (Uco Valley) and Medrano. Aged in French oak for a brief 9 months, this elegant mid-weight, with plum and huckleberry fruit flavors and lovely acid balance, shows that Malbec does not need to be over-oaked or over-extracted, and indeed is all the better for delivering the simple, fruitier, more food friendly side of its personality. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer)

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- 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