Altos las Hormigas Reserva Malbec 2011
Malbec from Argentina
#42 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013
This luminous carmine Malbec opens with a profuse bouquet of black fruits and subtle spices. After some time in the glass, lush black cherry, blackberry leaf scents lead to floral aromas and meet cinnamon or nutty flavors in a sophisticated balance. Ample and velvety, its vertical mouth-feel is supported by a backbone of well-integrated natural acidity. Its chalky yet plush tannins display the signature of Uco Valley's limestone terraces, and grant it a remarkable persistence. This Malbec stands out for its lavish volume and recognizable expression.
Wine Spectator - "Concentrated and cut, displaying layers of macerated blueberry, cassis, black peppercorn and flint on a full frame. Silky tannins and undertones of game and mocha line the savory finish."
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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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