Achával-Ferrer

Quimera Malbec Blend

9.1525 ratings
9.166 pro ratings
Mendoza, Cuyo, Argentina
Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

A blend of 50% Malbec, 24% Cab Franc, 18% Merlot & 8% Cab Sauv. Aged in 100% new French oak but in 2013, half of the wine was put in smaller 160 liter oak barrels and I read that Santiago Achaval claims the fruit is more expressive, wow I would not have thought that. Aromas of fruit and floral scents with slightest waft of cedar was present, makes the aforementioned statement somewhat true. Raspberry and cherry flavors, hints of spice, fine tannins, well balanced lingering ending with juicy mineral finish. Nice, Great value!

A blend of 50% Malbec, 24% Cab Franc, 18% Merlot & 8% Cab Sauv. Aged in 100% new French oak but in 2013, half of the wine was put in smaller 160 liter oak barrels and I read that Santiago Achaval claims the fruit is more expressive, wow I would not have thought that. Aromas of fruit and floral scents with slightest waft of cedar was present, makes the aforementioned statement somewhat true. Raspberry and cherry flavors, hints of spice, fine tannins, well balanced lingering ending with juicy mineral finish. Nice, Great value!

Dec 11th, 2018
Hermes Cuello

Real Malbec

Real Malbec

Jun 16th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

On the nose; sweet perfumed cassis, black raspberries, black plum, blue fruit mix, blackberries, black raspberries cola, fruit liqueur notes, fruit candy, dark chocolate and violets.

On the palate; the body is medium full. The tannins are firm but rounded and show some tarry quality. The fruits are ripe; blackberries, blue fruit mix, dark cherries, black raspberries, cherries, fruit liqueur quality, black licorice, dark chocolate, mocha, touch of caramel, dark rich soils, loamy clay and dry top soil, fresh red flowers and violets. The acidity is fresh and excellent. The finish is fresh & well balanced. Easy to drink this one young. Now to 2024.

Photos of; the cellar hands aerating and pumping the wine over the cap from concrete tanks. Alcohol evaporators (
@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bevan & SQN could use a bunch of these). Rows of vines that show the rows of soil dug out for old fashion flood irrigation.

On the nose; sweet perfumed cassis, black raspberries, black plum, blue fruit mix, blackberries, black raspberries cola, fruit liqueur notes, fruit candy, dark chocolate and violets.

On the palate; the body is medium full. The tannins are firm but rounded and show some tarry quality. The fruits are ripe; blackberries, blue fruit mix, dark cherries, black raspberries, cherries, fruit liqueur quality, black licorice, dark chocolate, mocha, touch of caramel, dark rich soils, loamy clay and dry top soil, fresh red flowers and violets. The acidity is fresh and excellent. The finish is fresh & well balanced. Easy to drink this one young. Now to 2024.

Photos of; the cellar hands aerating and pumping the wine over the cap from concrete tanks. Alcohol evaporators (
@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bevan & SQN could use a bunch of these). Rows of vines that show the rows of soil dug out for old fashion flood irrigation.

Apr 25th, 2018
Max Reichwage

Quite good, getting into that dusty earthy side of Bdx blends, classic

Quite good, getting into that dusty earthy side of Bdx blends, classic

Feb 19th, 2018
Boxer Briefs

Insanely good.

Insanely good.

Feb 12th, 2018
Byron C Mayes

Dark purple in the glass with a black core. Blackberry, cocoa, and cassis on the nose and palate. Full body. Medium acidity. Medium tannins. Probably on the downward trend, but still a satisfying drink.

Dark purple in the glass with a black core. Blackberry, cocoa, and cassis on the nose and palate. Full body. Medium acidity. Medium tannins. Probably on the downward trend, but still a satisfying drink.

Dec 7th, 2017
Boxer Briefs

"more feminine than most of your list, yeah?"
"wait?, what?, yeah...no". This wine is an absolute rockstar. 6 hours after being open without a cork, this is a wonderful wine with great structure, tension and fruit. An eye opener for sure, total surprise.

"more feminine than most of your list, yeah?"
"wait?, what?, yeah...no". This wine is an absolute rockstar. 6 hours after being open without a cork, this is a wonderful wine with great structure, tension and fruit. An eye opener for sure, total surprise.

Jul 24th, 2017
Christine Havens

The 2010 Achaval-Ferrer Quimera is well within its prime drinking window, and offers a concentrated, seductive nose fairly bursting with damson plum, ripe blueberries, ash, mint, juniper, and spice. This is an exceptionally balanced wine, with graceful distribution of ripe, firm tannins drenched in juicy blueberries, white pepper, and black tea. Smooth and delicious, this luscious Malbec sports a medium plus finish and the structure to last several years in the cellar. 14.0% ABV | Sample

The 2010 Achaval-Ferrer Quimera is well within its prime drinking window, and offers a concentrated, seductive nose fairly bursting with damson plum, ripe blueberries, ash, mint, juniper, and spice. This is an exceptionally balanced wine, with graceful distribution of ripe, firm tannins drenched in juicy blueberries, white pepper, and black tea. Smooth and delicious, this luscious Malbec sports a medium plus finish and the structure to last several years in the cellar. 14.0% ABV | Sample

2 people found it helpfulMar 3rd, 2016
Alexandre Calvi

Acidity, strength, blue and black fruit and purple flower, oh hello Saturday !💜🍷🍷🍷

Acidity, strength, blue and black fruit and purple flower, oh hello Saturday !💜🍷🍷🍷

1 person found it helpfulMay 7th, 2016
Anna Marie Dos Remedios

Muscle. Sweat. Skippy, my Hereford bull. Cherry pie. Smoke. Chalk.

Muscle. Sweat. Skippy, my Hereford bull. Cherry pie. Smoke. Chalk.

1 person found it helpfulJun 14th, 2015