2007 Achával Ferrer Malbec Mendoza, Argentina

SKU #1040066

91 points from Wine Spectator: "Rich, with delicious raspberry and macerated currant fruit enlivened by a strong violet aroma and piercing mineral streak long, dark, juicy finish is very vivid and racy. Drink now through 2009. 4,300 cases imported." (Tasting Highlights, 9/12/2008) 91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The entry-level 2007 Malbec (a blend of four vineyards) delivers a superb bouquet of pain grille, mineral, floral notes, and black cherry. This leads to an impeccably balanced wine with a sleek palate feel, serious depth, succulent flavors, and a lengthy finish. It will evolve for several years but can be enjoyed now." (12/08) From the second this pours out of the bottle the powerful nose, perfectly balanced between sweet and spicy, fills the room. With blueberry, black currant, red plum, cinnamon stick, clove, Oolong tea and finely ground black pepper there is plenty here to smell and enjoy. Add to that the bold, mouthfilling texture, the exuberant personality of the layers of black fruits and baking spices found on the mid-palate and the signature acidity of the 2007 vintage on the finish and this is something pretty special. Overall what you have here is not so much a sense of the winemaking, but of the vineyards, of the actual raw materials from which this wine is made from. To me that is much more interesting, I hope it will be to you as well. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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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.