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2006 Achával Ferrer "Quimera" Malbec-Cab-Merlot Mendoza

SKU #1041557 93 points James Suckling

 A balanced and harmonize red with blueberry and light spice character. Medium to full body, fine tannins. Light chocolate too, and fresh. Drink now.  (6/2015)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Lively, ripe red fruit flavors of strawberries and cherries lead this blend of Malbec, Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The tannins have a subtle grip, gaining nuance through aromas of smoke and bright acidity. It's structured to cellar for five or six years.  (2/2009)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Aromas of rubber, smoked meat, leather and black fruit create a dark-as-night bouquet. The palate on this blend of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc is ripe and concentrated, with pure black cherry and roasted berry aromas. The wine runs long and comfortable, with fine balance and good tannins. (MS)  (12/2008)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Dark, with lots of currant and fig flavors layered with coffee and dark chocolate bark notes. Toasty, fleshy finish. (JM)  (11/2008)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2009 | Send Email
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Argentina has absolutely exploded as a wine region known for producing wonderful values, plus they are making world-class wines. The 2006 Achaval Ferrer "Quimera" is a stunning blend of Malbec, Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc that gives the wine a distinctive Bordeaux feel but never lets you forget it is more of a New World wine. The wine has excellent structure and body with rich tannins and dark fruit flavors that meld nicely with the rich oak accents. This wine has the stuffing to age easily for 10 years but can also be opened up tonight also and enjoyed with a big, juicy steak. If you're looking for a wine that is a little bit different than your everyday California Cabernet or Bordeaux, then try out this little gem from Argentina.
Drink from 2009 to 2019

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- 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.