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Achaval-Ferrer 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec

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Achaval-Ferrer 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec


When I was sommelier at Cacao Restaurant in Coral Gables, Florida, I was visited by many of the top winemakers and winery owners from South America. One visitor was Santiago Achaval. He was introducing his wines from his Mendoza, Argentina winery Achaval-Ferrer into the South Florida market. His wines were so good that the next day they were on Cacao’s wine list. Cacao was the first restaurant to have Achaval-Ferrer’s wines on any wine list in the area. Unfortunately Cacao is gone, but Achaval-Ferrer is still going strong.
Achaval-Ferrer has just released their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.
Achaval-Ferrer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013 is dark garnet red verging on purple. Aromas include violets, red ripe fruit, earth, tobacco and even hints of baking spices picked up from aging in two-year-old French oak barrels. The palate is fruit forward with raspberry and blackberry with earthiness and some toasted oak. This fruit forward wine has smooth tannins and nice acidity and a long finish. Drink this food friendly wine with a sautéed beef dish or even a slow cooked prime rib.
Achaval-Ferrer, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013 is deep purple in color.
Aromas of dark berries and minerals. The palate here is also very fruit forward with tart raspberry and blackberry and tart cherry with earthiness and hints of oak in the background. The tannins here are also very smooth and the long finish is balanced with food friendly acidity. I would enjoy this Malbec with roasted pork chops with a smoky, cherry, barbeque sauce.
Santiago Achaval still concentrates on making high quality wines, using on the best grapes and growing them in a sustainable way with virtually no pesticides used. Great wines grown in a great way and great for the earth and even better for the wine drinker. Enjoy the wines of Achaval-Ferrer!