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Altos las Hormigas Clasico Malbec 2009
Malbec from Argentina
Nose of crushed red berries and black fruit, hints of violet and dried fennel,balanced, mouth feel, with smooth entrance, firm mid palate, and long,vibrant finish. Overall clean and focused profile.
Wine Enthusiast - "Opens with tarry, cooked aromas but with airing, oak and ripe, earthy berry notes squeak out. The palate is chewy and solid, with extract and tannic grab as well as smoky, sultry flavors of roasted blackfruits and bouillon. Meaty and satisfying.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Currant, flowers and spices on the nose. A pure, spicy midweight with good density of material but an enticing light touch and good cut. This easygoing malbec is always a very good value."
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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