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2008 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

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RATINGS

96The Wine Advocate

..a kinky nose of wild berries, brier, underbrush, and exotic spices. Already complex with superb depth and intense flavors, this is an exceptionally lengthy offering...should be at its best from 2013 to 2023.

93Wine Spectator

Superrich and still quite tight, displaying a strong charcoal & graphite spine that holds the core of dense plum skin, anise, blackberry and Black Forest cake at bay. The long, grippy finish lets Turkish coffee & licorice notes flesh out.

91+ Stephen Tanzer

...blackberry, cassis, black cherry and mint aromas complemented by strong smoky, meaty soil tones. Ripe and large-scaled...Strong acidity and big, broad tannins saturate the palate of this very firmly structured, ageworthy malbec.

17.5Jancis Robinson

Pure raspberry, soft tannins, spice, dry finish, lovely grainy texture. Fantastic leathery length. This gets the best out of Malbec, for sure. (RH)

REGION

Argentina, Mendoza (Cuyo)

Mendoza on the western edge of Argentina is the nation’s largest and most important wine producing region. With about a billion acres under vine, the region of Mendoza alone has nearly half as many vineyards acres as all of the United States. Located on the edge of the Andes, vineyards here are high, usually 2,000 to 3,600 feet above sea level, yet they enjoy a relatively temperate climate and four distinct seasons. The soil is sandy and alluvial with clay underneath and moderate rainfall encourages growth. Historically Argentina, and Mendoza, grew pink skin grapes for slightly sweet pink or white wines. Those grapes are still grown for bulk jug wine. Since the late 1980s, however, Malbec has been Mendoza’s most important grape, since it makes a rich, dark, robust, age-worth red. The second most important red grape is Bonarda, which is thought to be the same grape that California growers know as Charbono. Italian and Spanish red grapes including Sangiovese, Barbera and Tempranillo were brought by immigrants, and they are grown today. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Torrontés and numerous other red and white grapes are also grown successfully.