Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirador 2014
Big aromas of blackberry, leather, turned earth and white mushroom set up a bright, layered palate with fresh acidity at its core. Floral, exotic red-berry flavors are spicy and in sync with each other. A crisp, peppery finish with toasty oak ensures that this single-vineyard Malbec is built to last. Drink through 2025.
It feels like 2014 is a great vintage for Finca Mirador, as seen in the 2014 Malbec Finca Mirador, which usually suffers in the comparison with its siblings in early tastings, because it tends to have a more backward personality. It wears the name of a plot of Malbec in Medrano planted with old vines, which tends to be the warmest of their estate vineyards. It feels like the cooler 2014 climate compensated the heat of the place nicely, and the wine comes through as fresh. In Medrano the soils are quite heavy, so you have to take care to get healthy grapes, and it feels like the low yields avoided the problems with the summer rains; the wine is very clean. These high-end wines are always aged in new French oak. 12,000 bottles produced.
(14.5% alcohol; 14 hectoliters per hectare produced; from vines in excess of 70 years old; aged for 13 months in new French oak; all three of these single-vineyard wines did their malolactic fermentation in oak): Bright medium ruby. A bit blacker as well as more floral and medicinal than the Bella Vista, offering scents of blackberry, boysenberry, black cherry, violet and spices; conveys a crushed-fruit urgency as well as a touch of reduction. At once penetrating and seamless; less pliant and open to inspection than the Belle Vista, with its acidity more apparent today. But there's still plenty of flavor intensity here for the future. A more medicinal, reserved, even clenched style--the least accessible of this trio today--but still without any rough edges. Finishes with smooth tannins and lovely aromatic lift.
An elegant style, with supple flavors of cherry pie and plum tart that blend easily. Juniper berry notes extend on the ripe finish, offering plenty of Asian spice details. Drink now through 2021. 1,100 cases made.