Altos las Hormigas Riserva Malbec 2008

Malbec from Argentina, South America

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Item No. 107863
  • W&S90
  • WE90
  • WS90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2005
  • WS92
  • 2004
  • WS92
  • 1999
  • ST91
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Winemaker's Notes

Deep color, with a brilliant purple rim. An intense nose, with a fine, floral perfume alongside the ripe red fruit. There are hints of undergrowth, graphite and smoked walnut too. The palate is rich and mouthfilling, with smooth tannins that support the wine well. On the finish, alongside the floral and fruit flavors, mineral complexity lingers. Drink from 2012 to 2018.

Critical Acclaim

"Ripe, dense and oaky, delivering blackberry, plum skin and fig paste notes wrapped in silky tannins. Hints of spice cake and cocoa fill out the long, floral finish. Drink now through 2013."
90 Points

"On the oaky side, with toasty aromas of stacked wood, smoke and black fruits lurking below the surface. The palate has the typical piercing juciness of the 2008 vintage, with bursting flavors of pie cherry and raspberry. Minty and oaky on the finish, with snappy finishing acidity. Drink now through 2012."
90 Points

"As black as the night in the Uco Valley, this malbec feels tremendous in size and ripeness, yet held high by an acidity that is as powerful as the wine’s dark fruit flavors. Decant it for lamb on the grill."
90 Points

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