90-point Wine Argentina Malbec
Argentina makes some great wines at bargain prices. And no, I’m not just talking about their Malbec. But more on those later. Good wine doesn’t have to set you back $100. This winemaker has found a way to an offer exceptional wine but at a fraction of the cost to what many of their peers are charging.
I’m on a mission to find 90-point wines under $50 that blow away my taste buds and complement any meal. This jewel from South America is a great steal and gives a touch of class to any wine cellar.
2010 Archaval Ferrer Quimera, Mendoza, Argentina, $38
This wine will blindside you. It is a big, bold Bordeaux blend that is very fragrant, with a perception of sweetness but not like a dessert wine. There’s a hint of terroir in its earthiness with a taste of mushrooms and dirt. The aromatics will surprise you with lavender and thyme. I also got a memory of rose petals like the ones we used to grow in our front yard. I want to try this wine with lamb in the future. It is solid enough to hold up to the strong gamey flavors of lamb and has nice, soft tannins on the finish that are strong enough to combat any hearty meat dishes.
This wine is a balanced Bordeaux-style blend of old vine Malbec (38%) from Medrano and from Luján de Cuyo, which are sub-appellations of Mendoza. The Merlot (24%) and Cabernet Franc (14%) were grown in high-altitude Tupungato, whereas the old vine Cabernet Sauvignon (24%) was picked from Medrano and from Tupungato. Winemaker Roberto Cipresso is also a partner at Achaval-Ferrer.
When I looked online for a store that sells this wine, none of them that carried it had it priced at $38, which is what I paid. So it still meets my criteria for selling for less than $50 but it just shows how good this wine. It has appreciated in value only a few years removed from being bottled. This retailer has it for $46 with free shipping.
91 Points – Wine Advocate & Wine Enthusiast