92 points James Suckling
"Fragrant redcurrants, rose petals, paprika and spice box. Medium to full body, lots of red fruit, firm tannins and a dark-chocolate finish. Drink now." (4/2018)
"Bright medium red-ruby. Cool aromas of redcurrant, cherry, menthol, licorice and herbs convey an impression of moderate ripeness. Suave and fine-grained but a tad shallow and green for this bottling. Still quite stylish and nicely delineated but falls off a bit on the back end, which features slightly dusty tannins and a repeating herbal note. Seems less ripe than the 2017 Malbec, but then the mostly late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon struggled in much of Mendoza in 2016. I'd certainly give this wine another year in the cellar--but does it have the stuffing to improve? Drink 2019-2024. (ST)" (7/2018)
Vinous Reverie Notes
Where can one find mountain-grown Cabernet for a great price? In Mendoza, Argentina, where Achaval Ferrer sources its fruit from mineral-rich mountain soils, resulting in nuanced and beautifully balanced flavors. Bordeaux estates have their eyes on Mendoza. The conditions and Cabernet-friendly climate have shown tremendous and cost-effective results, as evident here in this 2016 Achaval Ferrer Cab, with juicy black fruits, hints of earth and tobacco, and a full-bodied finish. We’d be hard pressed to find a Cabernet this polished and profound at this price locally. Ferrer is a widely respected red wine producer, known for its old-school approach to new-world winemaking. Their wines are textbook in style and varietally correct, as is clear from the first sip of the 2016 Cabernet.
Tasting Notes: Red-ruby. Plum and tobacco on the nose and palate. Big Old World with a truffley nuance and an amazing peppery acidity to frame and carry the red fruit flavors. The finish is subtle and persistent, with refined dusty tannins.