Achaval-Ferrer 2013 Quimera
ON $50 (024752)
The concept behind Quimera is to produce "the perfect wine" from each vintage by blending specially selected grapes from Achaval-Ferrer's estate vineyards in Mendoza. A Bordeaux blend, with Malbec (50 percent), Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon represented in the finished wine, Quimera is aged in new French oak barrels that are 160-litres (as opposed to the tradition 225 l barriques). Not surprisingly given the smaller format barrels, this juicy red wine is driven by oak-derived notes but there's enticing floral and compelling red fruit aromas and flavours in the wings. It's a ripe and concentrated red that's distinctive and enjoyable, with terrific structure and balance. Drink now to 2024.
Released Oct. 5 through the LCBO Classics Collection.