2008 Achaval-Ferrer Malbec Finca Bella Vista

Year: 2008
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 98
Vinous Media: 92
Wine & Spirits: 92
Red Wine
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"This delivers piercing aromas of violet and anise, backed by racy black licorice, blackberry and boysenberry fruit that courses along with graphite, black tea and mineral notes. The superlong finish has nicely embedded acidity. Drink now through 2015. 980 cases made." (WS)

"The 2008 Finca Bella Vista has it all. Purple/black in color, it displays an exotic, sexy nose, dense layered fruit, and 5-7 years of aging potential. Satin-textured, mouth-coating, and very long in the finish, it will offer a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2028.

Achaval Ferrer is now firmly established as one of Argentina’s benchmark producers." (WA)

"($120; old-vines malbec; like the Finca Mirador, this is from a crop level of just 14 hectoliters per hectare) Bright, dark ruby. Very pure but subdued nose offers ripe scents of cassis, licorice, mocha, dark chocolate and medicinal herbs. Broad, concentrated and extremely primary but not yet sweet or filled in, with strong acidity apparent through the very long finish. This, too, will need extended aging to come into harmony and show its detail. The biggest but the least expressive today of these single-finca wines. These are classic examples of the 2008 vintage, and I would not be surprised if they merited scores in the mid-90s seven or eight years down the road." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Achaval Ferrer is located in the foothills of the Andes in the province of Mendoza, Argentina. The region’s desert climate and soil conditions are ideal for the development of Malbec and other red varieties. Low yields, significant thermal gradients (warm days, cool nights), poor alluvial soils, low rainfall, high altitude and the pure Andes irrigation water, all work together to mature grapes that can be transformed into complex, deep and structured wines made by famed winemaker, Roberto Cipresso.

Grape Variety:
Old vine Malbec in Perdriel district of Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, at an altitude of 3,100 feet (980 mts), on the south bank of the Mendoza river. The vineyard was planted in 1910. The yield per plant was less than one pound of grapes. (1/3 of a bottle of wine) This is equivalent to 0.75 tons per acre, or 14 hectoliters per hectare.

Production notes:
With Finca Bella Vista our goal is to allow the vineyard to express its “terroir”. Malbec is the flagship red variety from Argentina. It has found in Mendoza its true home. We work as hard as necessary during eleven months in the vineyard, to produce grapes that will need very little intervention during the winemaking process. The climate, the viticulturural program, the irrigation management: Everything is thought as a step towards the goal of true expression of the vineyard. Finca Bella Vista ́s personality shines through the wine, vintage after vintage, with a recognizable and repeated signature. Fermentation took place in a small tank. At dryness, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barrels, 100% new, where it was then aged for 15 months.