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Thursday
Jan122012

Got Malbec? Taste Achával Ferrer including 98-point "Finca Bella Vista" Friday 1/13 at K&L Redwood City!

Whether you've been a long-time fan of the high-altitude Malbecs from this exceptional Argentine producer or are eager to try the wines for the first time, now's your chance! Join us at K&L Redwood City tomorrow, Friday January 13th at 5pm for a special tasting of current releases, including the 98-point "Finca Bella Vista" Malbec, which is currently only available at K&L as a pre-sale.

 

From the December 2011 issue of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:"Achaval-Ferrer, under the direction of CEO Santiago Achaval and winemaker Roberto Cipresso, stands at the summit of Argentina wine producers. The benchmark Finca bottlings are limited (under 1000 cases produced of each) so the best way to discover the pleasures of Achaval-Ferrer are through the entry-level Malbec of which there are 12,000 cases."

The "Finca Bella Vista" will be ready for pickup or shipment in the next 2-3 weeks. 

What: Achaval Ferrer Tasting

When: Friday January 13th, 5pm-6:30pm

Where: K&L Redwood City - Map

 Cost to Taste: $10

Featured wines: 

2010 Achával Ferrer Malbec Mendoza ($18.99)  

91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Malbec was sourced from three vineyards, two of which are 66 and 86 years of age, with the wine aged for 9 months in French oak. It is a super-fragrant offering featuring racy red fruits, spice box, incense, and floral notes. Pure, sweetly-fruited, and elegant in the glass, this intense, lengthy Malbec can be approached now and over the next 6-8 years." (Dec 11) According to the Wine Spectator: "This lovely red displays aromas of violet and crushed raspberry, following through to a medium-bodied palate, which lingers with a pleasant aftertaste of licorice and mint. Drink now. 9,000 cases imported." (10/11)

Achaval Ferrer is one of Argentina's top Malbec producers. Produced from Malbec sourced from vineyards located in Mayor Drummond, La Consulta and Medrano sub-zones of the huge Mendoza region, this blend of distinctive terroirs is just one element of detail that distinguishes Achaval Ferrer's Malbec from others. -Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer

2009 Achával Ferrer "Quimera" Malbec/Cab/Merlot Mendoza ($34.99)

93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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." (12/11)

This blend seems softer, less brash, more elegant this vintage than it has been in the past couple. Tangy mixed berry fruits show loads of freshness and the usually elegant Achaval Ferrer texture in the mouth. -Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer

2009 Achaval Ferrer "Finca Mirador" Malbec Mendoza ($89.99)

96 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Finca Mirador was sourced from vines planted in 1921 and yields of 0.9 tons per acre. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports a captivating nose of sandalwood, exotic spices, espresso, lavender, black cherry, and black raspberry. Layered on the palate with a velvety texture, it conceals enough structure to evolve for at least 3-4 years. This nicely proportioned effort will deliver prime drinking from 2015 to 2029." (12/11) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas and flavors of fresh crushed raspberry, blackberry, violet and graphite expand on the palate, which remains fresh and focused as medium tannins add support to the finish. Malbec. Drink now through 2016. 300 cases imported." (10/11)

Intense purple fruited aromas, show a hint of the exotic, with some dusty cumin notes adding interest. Intense, tight fruit on the palate shows the usual hallmarks of this vineyard site: purple fruit, loads of acidity and minerality. As ever, this particular Malbec shows an elegance and structure reminiscent of Burgundy - particularly the Cotes de Nuits. A must have Malbec for fans of the variety and admirers of wine from Argentina. -Joe Manekin, K&L Latin Wine Buyer

2009 Achával Ferrer "Finca Bella Vista" Malbec Mendoza ($89.99)

98 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Finca Bella Vista was sourced from a vineyard planted in 1910 giving a miserly yield of 0.75 tons per acre. It displays slightly blacker fruit, a bit more depth and opulence, and a finish that seems endless. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and enjoy it from 2016 to 2029+." (12/11)

Aromas of spicy, pure red fruits, with a dried fruit leather quality, lead to a similarly spicy palate. This is a special vineyard site, featuring very old vines and yields that are less than a ton per acre. Of all Achaval Ferrer's wines, this one will often age the best, capable of improving in bottle for a decade or more. - Joe Manekin, K&L Latin Wine Buyer

This tasting is walk-in only. Final lineup and pricing subject to change.

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Monday
Nov072011

Wine of the Week: 2009 Fincas Don Martino "Viña Violeta" Malbec Old Vines Mendoza ($14.99)

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member

The 2009 Fincas Don Martino "Viña Violeta" Malbec Old Vines Mendoza ($14.99) has to be one of the top five Argentine Malbecs to hit our wine market in 2011. The purity of this wine and level of complexity is just astounding. Deeply colored, the opulent nose offers cocoa, cassis, anise, cigar box, and cedar in gondolan amounts. In its expansive, broad set of flavors, you are treated to a wine of intense richness of a plummy, currant, and white pepper characteristic, with well-integrated tannins, superb complexity, layers of flavor, and a finish that refuses to give up. (11/03/11)

Drink from 2011 to 2020

Jim Barr has worked for K&L for 25 years. Interested in more recommendations from Jim? Visit the Staff Review section of KLWines.com to browse hundreds of staff reviews from Jim and other K&L Staff Members!

Thursday
Jul082010

More than Malbec

K&L Personal Sommelier Service Online Newsletter - July 2010 Edition

South American Adventures: Interested in discovering new styles of wine from South America? Whether you're on a mission to learn or simply want to develop your palate and discover something new, get started today by creating a customized wine club through the K&L Personal Sommelier Service.

Photo courtesy of winesofargentina.org

More than Malbec?

Yes. There is more than just Malbec produced Argentina.

Although I don't blame you for asking. Over the last decade, Malbec has risen to the top of the list of celebrity brand exports from Argentina, surpassing Evita, Tango and the Gaucho. From $2 guzzlers to fancy high-end bottles that merit cellar space, North Americans love Argentine Malbec.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of great Malbec produced in Argentina. But just because it’s been your tried-and-true inexpensive Cab alternative for so long doesn’t mean it’s the best or only option. There is a lot more to Argentine wine than Malbec, and a lot more to South America than Argentina - exciting stuff you just might love more. 

2008 La Madrid Bonarda Mendoza ($14.99) I’ll let you in on a secret: real Argentines don’t tango, they cumbia, and when they enjoy their tinto with friends and family at a traditional asado dominguero, it’s most likely Bonarda, perhaps poured from a recycled glass bottle refilled from a barrel at the corner market and not a flashy, brand-name Malbec wrapped in tissue. Whether Argentine Bonarda is a descendent of the Piedmontese variety of the same name, or is actually California’s Charbono grape (a majority of sources favor the Californian theory), there is no disputing the fact that the 2008 La Madrid Bonarda is honest, unpretentious, food-friendly table wine. Loaded with black fruit and plum flavors, with subtle earthiness and baking spice notes, this medium-bodied red is a perfect wine for dominguero, complementing the variety of sausage and grilled beef preparations in addition to the numerous other foods involved, from savory emapanadas to desserts slathered with dulce de leche.

2008 In’Ka Carmenere Colchagua ($12.99) Carmenere is to Chile what Malbec is to Argentina: an immigrant varietal from Bordeaux that is better suited to the growing conditions of South American soils than in its French homeland. If you are looking for a tasty example of the Chilean version, this is well worth a try. Deep purple in color, this is a Carmenere with some heft. The nose shows characteristic earthiness, but these aromas are supported by rich black fruit and anise accents, as opposed to the ash and roasted jalapeño so often associated with mass-market Carmenere. The palate is lush and plummy, with medium tannins and good grip. Vanilla and mocha spice add complexity to the finish. This is a hearty wine that would work well with anything grilled—a great alternative to a bolder style of Malbec.

2007 Don Pascual Tannat “Roble” Juanico Uruguay ($16.99) Don Pascual Harriague, an immigrant from France, was the first to introduce Tannat to Uruguayan soils in 1870, and this family-run domaine continues to lead the pack in quality Tannat production today. Despite its purple-hued, Madiran-esque robe, this is fruity, generous, modern Tannat, worlds apart from its tannic, inaccessible French counterpart. A big brother to the light and fruity “Pueblo del Sol,” the Roble sees 12 months in barrel and exhibits a wide array of aromas and flavors, from black plum, cassis and fig to espresso bean and graphite. Here we have a great example of what Tannat produced in the cool, maritime climate of Juanico can be: a world-class red wine that is balanced and complex, showing more robust fruit character and smoother tannins than the French iteration, but still substantial enough to hold its own at table.

Chiara Shannon

Head Sommelier

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Want more? For additional recommendations for other exciting South American wines, write to Sommelier@klwines.com