2009 Achával Ferrer Quimera Red Wine Mendoza 750ml
Roberto Cipresso, partner and winemaker of Achaval-Ferrer. Roberto is considered on of the most talented young Italian enologists by the specialized press.
A Blend of 40% old vine Malbec from Medrano and from Luján de Cuyo, 22%, Merlot from Tupungato, 20% old vine Cabernet Sauvignon from Medrano and from Tupungato, 14% Cabernet Franc from Tupungato and 4% Petit Verdot. The average yield per plant was less than two pounds, equivalent to 1.3 tons per acre or 18 hectoliters per hectare.
The winemaking team worked in the vineyards in search of different aspects for each variety. These were thought of as parts of a complex wine, in such a way that the total is more than the sum of the parts. The location of the vineyards, the age of the plants, the viticultural program and the irrigation schedules, all worked towards the same goal. Once in the winery, each variety underwent primary fermentation in a small tank. The early blending is a risky practice, but helps towards a seamless integration of the varieties, a wine with only "one soul". The result is a wine that is not just the sum of three varietals, but another milestone in the search of an ideal. That is the explanation of the Quimera name: an impossible goal, but one worth working for.
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The 2009 Quimera is a blend of 40% Malbec, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot with yields averaging a minuscule 1.3 tons per acre. The wine was aged in 40% new French oak. Pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices, incense, violets, and assorted black fruits inform the nose of a complex, intense, layered, spicy, succulent wine with impeccable balance and length. Although it can be approached now, it will benefit from another 2-3 years of cellaring.