Achaval Ferrer 2004 - Finca Altamira 750 ml.
Your best chance of tracking down a bottle of a single-vineyard Achaval-Ferrer is the 650 case production of Finca Altamira. The 2004 Finca Altamira comes from 80+ year old vines and received the same oak aging treatment as its two peers. It is opaque purple/black in color with aromas of creosote, scorched earth, wood smoke, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry. Belying its modest 13.9% alcohol, the wine is dense and remarkably rich with flavors of mineral, chocolate, and assorted black fruits emerging on the palate. The wine is splendidly balanced with beautifully integrated oak, tannin, and acidity. It will easily evolve for 10+ years and drink well through 2035. Although Achaval-Ferrer's wines have virtually no track record, I am confident that they will evolve in the manner of a First Growth Bordeaux. Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate
James Suckling: 91
This is round and fruity with sweet tobacco, dried meat and hints of round tannins. Full body. Decadent. Drink now.
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Dark and tight, with a tremendous core of blackberry and boysenberry fruit, covered for now under dark chocolate, graphite and floral notes. Long, vivid finish has layers of fruit and a great minerally spine. Should be sleek and beautiful when it opens up fully. Best from 2007 through 2014. 650 cases made.
Wine Spectator: 92
Violet in color and broad as the Argentinean pampas, this single-vineyard Malbec is a powder keg of power. The nose oozes dark fruity and fancy new oak, while the palate is loaded with boysenberry, cassis and black olive. It's a little linear and tight, but its purity is beyond reproach.