2012 Achával Ferrer "Quimera" Red Blend Mendoza
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Quimera is a multi-zone blend of 50% Malbec, 24% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in new French oak barrels. This is the first vintage where the Malbec takes half of the blend, as they want to increase the Mendoza/Argentina character of the wine reducing the more herbal varieties. Not that the wine has ever been herbal or green, and indeed this 2012 is ripe and aromatic, with just a hint of seriousness. The palate reveals how good the bottle-aging is for this wines, which polishes its tannins and leaves them soft and juicy. You don't really feel the heat of the vintage here, the wine is very fresh and drinks very well, but it should also be able to improve even further. (LG)
Dark red-ruby. Ripe aromas of blackberry, blueberry and bitter chocolate. Dense and fine-grained, showing attractive spicy lift to its dark berry flavors. Ripe, harmonious acidity gives this wine a seamless quality. Classy juice. (ST)
Tightly wound, with intense cherry and raspberry preserve flavors, flanked by Asian spice notes. Bittersweet chocolate accents appear on the finish. Needs time to flesh out. (KM, Web-2015)
50% Malbec, 24% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Petit Verdot.