2013 Achával Ferrer "Finca Mirador" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1279324 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Starting with the single-vineyards wines, the 2013 Malbec Finca Mirador comes from a plot of Malbec in Medrano planted with old vines, is the warmest of them all, but don't look for any signs of heat or excess ripeness here as the nose is fresh, vibrant and elegant, and without losing its personality it seems to be taken to a higher stage. There is no trace of oak here, despite the fact that they are now using at least a half of smaller, 160-liter barrels for the aging of their top wines. The palate delivers all the nose has promised, plus a fine thread and a thin line of acidity making it remarkably fresh. 2013 seems to be the best vintage yet. Bravo! There is no 2012 of Finca Mirador, because the canopy of the vines was destroyed by hail, and the vines could not ripen the grapes without leaves, so they were forced to cut all the unripe bunches and drop them. I wonder if this has something to do with the exceptional performance of Mirador in 2013. 12,000 bottles produced. (LG)  (8/2015)

95 points Vinous

 Bright, saturated ruby. Cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate, minerals and a whiff of smoked meat on the nose. Richer and sweeter than the Bella Vista bottling, but with pungent minerality, showing slightly riper acidity and a suggestion of dark chocolate to mellow out its penetrating flavors of blackberry and cassis. This wine, too, is utterly primary and backward but it's balanced from the start. A wine of outstanding density and energy; very few Argentine Malbecs can approach this one for inner-mouth tension. Finishes with noble tannins and subtle, slow-building length. Wonderfully fine-grained, seamless wine with terrific floral lift. Really spreads out to saturate the palate on the back end without leaving any impression of weight. An incredible vintage for this wine. (ST)  (3/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Well-sculpted, with iodine and hot stone notes to the flavors of concentrated dried berry and cherry. The peppery finish has some beefy details.  (12/2015)

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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 (%): 13.5