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Altos las Hormigas Clasico Malbec 2010
Malbec from Argentina
The 2010 is ruby red in color, with hues of blue and violet.Aromas of ripe red and black fruits, amalgamated with chocolate,coconut and vanilla. A nicely balanced palate, supported by firmtannins on the long, fine finish.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Malbec Clasico was native yeast-fermented and aged in new French and American oak inner-staves. It offers up an enticing nose of spice box, floral notes, and black cherry leading to a savory, tasty wine with good depth and concentration. This excellent value lacks only complexity but at this price, who’s complaining? "
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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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