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Achaval-Ferrer looks to push the envelope when it comes to Argentine Wine

Achaval-Ferrer looks to push the envelope when it comes to Argentine Wine

Does Robust Red Wine From Argentina Age Well?


Santiago Achaval knows personality when he tastes it – especially when those same characteristics are repeated year after year in bottles of his Argentine Achaval-Ferrer wine. A good wine has a “sense of place,” or terroir, meaning astute tasters can often determine a wine’s growing region (and sometimes even year) just by the taste. Grapes offer the uncanny ability to take on the characteristics of their geology, geography and climate, and express those same characteristics year after year when tasted. It’s part of what makes winemaking such a personal experience for growers like Achaval.


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O. Fournier 2008 Alfa Crux Malbec

O. Fournier 2008 Alfa Crux Malbec

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Ñandú 2010 Malbec

Ñandú 2010 Malbec

Price: $21

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Varietals: 98 percent Malbec & 2 percent Cabernet Sauvignon

Production: 2,300 cases

Alcohol: 13.9 percent

Tasting Notes: The Ñandú 2010 Malbec features intense flavors of blueberry and blackberry with a touch of sweetness reminiscent of an Amarone. In the mouth, it shows a bright acidity, supple tannins and an expressive finish.

Food Pairings: Steak, empanadas, sausage ravioli

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