The other day I sat down with Santiago Achával, owner of Argentina’s Achával-Ferrer, to taste a few samples of his 2005s. The wines are settling in tanks and are slated for bottling in the coming weeks.
I first wrote about Achával-Ferrer when the winery debuted several years ago and have eagerly watched its progress. The Finca Altamira bottling has since become Argentina’s single best Malbec, with the winery’s other single-vineyard wines -- Finca Mirador and Finca Bella Vista -- not far behind.
The 2005 vintage was similar to 2002 – a dry year, but with more moderate temperatures and a longer season than the hotter ’03 and ’04 vintages. While ’03 and ’04 certainly produced their share of terrific wines, I prefer the balance and consistency of the '02s and suspect the same will hold true for the '05s.
Alas in ’05, there will be no Finca Bella Vista bottling, due to hail.
The ’05 Finca Mirador (680 cases made) offers very dark fruit and char aromas, but it’s well defined. It’s juicy and round, with a piercing humus (potting soil) hint that is the hallmark of this wine, followed by lots of minerals and fruit on the finish. Easily outstanding, if not better.
|The Finca Altamira vineyard|
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