Achaval-Ferrer Malbec
Staff Pick

Achaval-Ferrer Malbec - 2021

Item # 31267 750mL

Bold and juicy fruit-driven Malbec from the winemaking heartland of Argentina. This wine is big and powerful like other Malbecs, yet still offers elegance and structure. A great bottle to open with rib-eye steaks or pork chops.

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Staff Pick Notes

So after a long hiatus from Argentina and its Malbec I've plunged back in. On a suggestion from a customer I tried Achaval-Ferrer. I'll admit some hesitation, remembering the hard candies I've spit out from other Malbecs. But fear not, this wine is a staff pick for a reason. After about 20 minutes of breathing this wine's aroma leaps out of the glass. Between its rich purple color and its fresh aroma, one might mistake this wine for a hearty Beaujolais Cru. The palate shows the rewards of a "fruitful" day in the woods... pardon the wordplay. But seriously folks, wild berries both black and red abound in this wine. With almost no spice notes this wine is a celebration of youth, but it's crafted with the wisdom of the old. Pair this with grilled chicken in a berry compote, braised beef in a molé sauce, or pork cheeks and white beans.

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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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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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