Achával Ferrer


Quimera Mendoza Malbec Blend 2003

STORAGE is everything.

Correct storage does not magically enlighten all wines, but it enables you to wait until such time that wines crafted with proper parts and proper technique will offer you a higher level of enjoyment.

Our final bottle of this 2003 vintage, purchased in May 2006 for $31 as Achával-Ferrer was beginning their ascension to greatness, with pricing to match.

Decanted 4H.

Similar notes to prior experiences:

Nose has ripe plum, graphite, dried black cherry, dried tart cherry, old leather, dried black currant, slight eucalyptus, dark chocolate, stewed raisin, mashed blackberry, faint chalkboard dust and dried rose.
Palate has sweet prune, semi-sweet chocolate, dried black cherry, sweet-roasted red pepper, dried boysenberry, briar and dry earth. Fine tannins, rich and round the on the finish.

Stellar show on our finale of the vintage...Looking forward to the 2004's. I previously stated this bottle could likely make a 20th birthday in proper storage, looks like it can only make a ~19th birthday in this cellar.

40% Malbec/ 28% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 27% Merlot / 5% Cabernet Franc (4,976 cases)
— 15 days ago

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Joshua Fisher

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Nice laguiole
Severn Goodwin

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@Joshua Fisher This is my Lisse workhorse, but when extraction doesn't require the Durand, generally the outcome is wonderful.
Brent Young

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Very nice 👍 @Severn Goodwin 🍷

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