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Achavel Ferrer Malbec 2006

October 31, 2007

img_0250.jpg ~$15-20US 100% Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
Color: Rich Purple

Nose: Wild berries, sage, shawarma spice, sumac
Palate: Explosive and powerful, tremendous balance of big fruit and clean acidity, sweetness and meatiness (lamb?).
Finish: Apple cider tartness, medium length, grape Lik-M-Aid

Wow – this is one exciting wine. Stylistically fruit forward, but the fruit was surrounded by a baroque assortment of spices, herbs, and second- and third-tier aromatics. A dichotomy – sweet and tart, candied and earthy, familiar and exotic. No tannins to speak of  – the acid playing a much more important role in the framework and overall structure – making this a  versatile food-wine. I’d love to try it alongside middle-eastern fair.

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