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Achaval Ferrer Quimera Red Blend 2012 (Argentina) Rated 92WS

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  • Achaval Ferrer Quimera Red Blend
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James Suckling Review
Rated 93
There's a minerality and intensity to this wine with limestone and salt. Full-bodied yet so refined. Sexy and beautiful. Mostly malbec with cabernet franc, merlot and a bit of petit verdot. Drink or hold.

Wine Advocate Review
Rated 90
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

Wine Spectator Review
Rated 90
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. Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2016 through 2019.

Wine Tasting Notes
Expressive flavors of black cherry, raspberry, violets, and cedar, Quimera is a wine with deep shades, aromas that range from stony and earthy, of dark fruits to delicate accents of rosemary, open mouthed, almost feminine and deliciously sour.

50% Malbec, Medrano and Lujan from Cuyo 24% Cabernet Franc, from Tupungato 16% Merlot, from Tupungato 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, old vines of Medrano and Tupungato 2% Petit Verdot

Alcohol 14.6%

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