Achaval-Ferrer "Quimera"
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Achaval-Ferrer "Quimera" - 2020

Item # 11108 750mL

Complex aromas of plum, blackberry, chocolate, and sous-bois. Big, round and velvety in the mouth, very ripe tannins and a long mineral finish.

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Argentina is an extraordinary country. The imposing beauty of its landscapes converge with the warmth of its people, and the perfect weather for growing Malbec. This 2017 beauty has an elegant, medium-ruby color with floral aromas and black cherries. It’s 50% Malbec, 28% Merlot, and 14% Cabernet Franc, and you feel them all in the blend. When uncorking this opulent elixir, accompany it with a bife chorizo, which will allow the notes of tobacco, chocolate, and coffee to dance a tango inside your mouth. Viva Mendoza! Viva Argentina!

- RDC

Glossary

Argentina

Ever tried a sparkling Malbec? A Patagonian Pinot Noir? Argentine winemakers have long been in a position to experiment, most often with very tasty results. Many grapes flourish here, but none have been as commercially successful as Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the great undiscovered gems is Torrontés, a fresh, aromatic white variety that is best enjoyed young. The red Bonarda grape is another approachable yet little-known variety that thrives here. If you prefer your red wines spicy,...

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Merlot

The next time you hear someone say they never touch Merlot, tell them that it's too bad, because you were just about to open a few bottles of Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you have no one to share them with. Some wine drinkers are quick to dismiss varieties that become too fashionable, but Merlot is popular for good reason. It has one of the most impressive and distinctive textures of any wine, and has long been prized for the "softening" effect it can have on Cabernet Sauvignon - especially...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California, positioning it at the forefront of the New World wine scene as well. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon has a...

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Malbec

Known as Côt throughout much of France, Malbec is the dark-skinned variety that put Argentinian wine on the map - and likewise, Argentinian Malbec saved the grape from near obscurity. The Cahors appellation in France still relies on Malbec to distinguish many of its wines, but the area is exceptional in this regard. As the grape can be quite difficult to cultivate, it has become far less popular over the years, even in its Bordeaux home. Its South American renaissance has ensured, however, that...

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