Every year, surrounded by the gorgeous mountainous backdrop of Mendoza, Argentina, Achaval Ferrer’s owners, Santiago and Roberto look to create something special. They view their work blending their Quimera as a balance between winemaking and architecture, designing a blend that highlights the unique Mendoza terroir with tremendous precision.
Each year the blend is very different based on what performed the best in the vineyard. In 2018, the two made a firecracker of a Big Red – an explosive Malbec/Cabernet Sauv heavy blend with Merlot and Cab Franc intertwined to add layers of depth, and intricacy.
The winery is known for their work with Bordeaux Blends. And their single-vineyard “Finca” bottlings are high-flying Reds known to be some of the finest expressions in all of Argentina. The problem is, they are all $125/bottle. Well worth it for true New World lovers, but still a commitment.
But their Quimera Red blend gives readers the best of both worlds – an exceptional premium Saturday night wine at a total Tuesday night price. I had this wine last week and it harkens back to those big, brash massive reds the Robert Parker was so fond if that always carried 98+ Wine Advocate scores with them.
So if you were a fan of the wines of Abreu, Bond, Colgin, Scarecrow, Screaming Eagle, etc… during their heyday, then this is a must buy and a steal. If you more into more delicate and subtle reds, then I might take a pass on this one.
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95 Points, James Suckling
Blackberries with black truffles and violets on the nose. Full-bodied and very tight with firm, silky tannins that give this wine form and energy. Plenty of compressed and focused fruit at the end. Lots of blue fruit. Drink after 2024.