Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2012

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Vivid violet color and almost opaque in the glass. This opens with intensely floral and tropical fruited notes and a touch of raw, black pepper stu... Read more

Had this as part of a Malbec Flight at Cru while waiting for a flight at Love Field.Great one. The Cru description card - which I found pretty acc... Read more

This wine develops in a very special way after the cork is pulled. First there’s funk mixed with a hint of floral perfume in the nose, then an inte... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065208,698
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/27/2008

Vivid violet color and almost opaque in the glass. This opens with intensely floral and tropical fruited notes and a touch of raw, black pepper studded bacon. A touch syrah like then a rush of freshly crushed wild raspberry greets the nose with an underlay of vanilla crème that is barely noticeable. In the mouth this is bright and vivid with blazing purity of fruit. Perhaps this lacks a touch of complexity but the wine feels very fine and energetic in the mouth with juicy acids and superbly polished tannins driving the wonderful berried fruit with a nuance of juniper spice. Finishes long and mouth cleansing with excellent clarity. 92pts


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Snooth User: puhnner
1534071,319
4.00 5
10/02/2014

Had this as part of a Malbec Flight at Cru while waiting for a flight at Love Field.Great one. The Cru description card - which I found pretty accurate is: 'Very pure with a beam of raspberry coulis, blackberry, and cherry pulp notes that pump out layers of spice, flint, and wildflowers. Juicy, yet structured, with a mineral edge to the long savory finish'. Ultimately, I picked a glass of the Trivento


Snooth User: Argovino
1278402711
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 04/29/2013

This wine develops in a very special way after the cork is pulled. First there’s funk mixed with a hint of floral perfume in the nose, then an intense flavor of dark chocolate and coffee, roughly finished with racy tannins. Then, after a few hours, or even a day, the flavor softens and becomes richer, with notes of violet and black grapes – not a flaw in this case – mixing with that touch of funk. The wine is so concentrated you can’t see to the bottom of the glass! Just give it the time it needs to settle down. (AV 90, http://argovino.com/?p=982)


Snooth User: shsim
10326661,286
2.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/25/2012

Had it on an Argentinian flight. It smells of dark fruits berries. The tannins was a tad too much for me and I did not like the woodiness it had. The earthy mineral taste was there but it was not bad. It is not exactly an easy wine.


Snooth User: Argovino
1278402711
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/29/2013

Classic malbec with a nose of burnt matches and ink, then bright flavors with a touch of the acrid aromas continuing in the mouth and into the finish. A great choice for malbec purists, and excellent with strong cheeses. (AV 87, http://argovino.com/?p=461)


Snooth User: TheKozars
890635594
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 10/09/2011

A nice, dense and full bodied Malbec. Stands up well against others we've tasted in the price range. $18.95 VW


Snooth User: iconsam
481209152
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/27/2010

Started with a nice hint of pears, juiciness and a slight touch of acetone (similar to overripe Asian pears). Secondary notes of butter, vanilla and even lychee. The more I drank, I started noticing a nice smokiness and a hint of tobacco toe the flavors. It was a real pleasure being able to enjoy this Malbec.


Snooth User: rrp7
86962479
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/23/2011

Colour Depth: deep/dark; Colour Hue: purple-red; Clarity: clear; Aroma Intensity: aromatic; Development: youthful; Aromas: ripe red fruits, cherry, leather, mineral, smoky; Dry/Sweet: very dry; Body: medium; Acidity: lively; Tannins Level: high; Tannins Type: soft/astringent; Flavour Intensity: flavorful; Flavours: ripe red fruits, cherry, leather, smoky hints; Finish: v. long; Conclusions: nice balance wine


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External Reviews for Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 04/10/2014

A step up from your favorite everyday Malbec, the Achaval Ferrar is the one you want for a special dinner or birthday gift. Always a winner with its rich complexity and layers of fruit, spice, smoke and toasty oak.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 04/10/2014

This wine develops in a very special way after the cork is pulled. First there’s funk mixed with a hint of floral perfume in the nose, then an intense flavor of dark chocolate and coffee, roughly finished with racy tannins. Then, after a few hours, or even a day, the flavor softens and becomes richer, with notes of violet and black grapes — not a flaw in this case — mixing with that touch of funk. The wine is so concentrated you can’t see to the bottom of the glass! Just give it the time it needs to settle down.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 04/10/2014

Packed with violets, blackberries and spice. The palate is all juicy fruit and curvy tannins, ending with a lift from acidity. Drink 2013-2015. Alc 14.5%.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 12/07/2012

Very pure, with a beam of raspberry coulis, blackberry and cherry pulp notes that pump out layers of spice, flint and wildflowers. Juicy yet structured, with a mineral edge to the long, savory finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/18/2013

The 2011 Malbec is sourced from Perdriel, Uco and Medrano from vines located at around 900m altitude. The wine is fermented in cement tanks and raised in third use French barrel for 11 months. The nose demands a little coaxing from the glass, but eventually reveals a crisp, pointed nose of black fruit laced with bell pepper that is well-defined, awakening with each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a taut, crisp entry. The tannins are bold and ripe, although it needs a little more weight of fruit towards the back end, a little more “girth.” Still, this is a well-crafted, accomplished, entry-level Malbec — a perfect introduction to the genre. Drink now–2017.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 10/04/2012

Intense, pure, full colours and young aromas. This wine completes our vision of Malbec. We wish to honour the insignia variety of Mendoza. We want to emphasize all the characteristics of this unique cepage. Our work in the vineyards reinforces leaf system over root system, and emphasizes the soul of the fruit.Mendoza's gift to you! Achaval-Ferrer Website


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/28/2012

Santiago Achával and Manuel Ferrer established Achaval Ferrer in 1998 and have gone on to create one of South Amercia’s most sought after labels. Grapes for this Malbec come from three vineyards where all viticulture is directed by Achaval, one in the Uco Valley, one in Luján de Cuyo and one in Medrano. They are worked in an extreme regime of leaf thinning and water deprivation, that Achával believes imposes the optimum amount of stress on the vines in this uniquely hot climate and poor soil to produce grapes with extreme concentration and character. This 2011 Malbec is a prime expression of their philosophy and terrior. Aged 9 months in French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The Wine Spectator scored it 92 points saying "Very pure, with a beam of raspberry coulis, blackberry and cherry pulp notes that pump out layers of spice, flint and wildflowers. Juicy yet structured, with a mineral edge to the long, savory finish. Drink now through 2015."


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Ratings & Tags for Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec

423118 Snooth User: Teppo
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2011 01/29/2013

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2011 12/21/2012

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2011 10/08/2012

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2010 07/26/2012

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2007 10/14/2009

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2007 05/12/2013

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2007 11/29/2009

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Winemaker's Notes:

"Intense, pure, full colours and young aromas. This wine completes our vision of Malbec. We wish to honour the insignia variety of Mendoza. We want to emphasize all the characteristics of this unique cepage. Our work in the vineyards reinforces leaf system over root system, and emphasizes the soul of the fruit" - Winery

"Intense, pure, full colours and young aromas. This wine completes our vision of Malbec. We wish to honour the insignia variety of Mendoza. We want to emphasize all the characteristics of this unique cepage. Our work in the vineyards reinforces leaf system over root system, and emphasizes the soul of the fruit" - Winery

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