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Altos las Hormigas Gualtallary Malbec 2013

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This is a WOW wine that tantalizes the senses. A luminous, deep ruby Malbec with specks of blue and purple, the nose will pour out of your glass withnotes of olives, dark fruit, black pepper, nutmeg and thyme. The palate con- firms the nose, but give way to a layer of bright red fruit. The backbone ofthis wine is strong, with well-integrated acid and tannin structure. Thereseems to be no end to this wines finish. It is long with fresh, chalky tannins.Amazing aging potential.

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JS 96
James Suckling
This shows a crazy minerality with licoirce, blueberry and spice. Full and intense. A stunning wine.
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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary is sourced from vineyards planted at 1,300 meters altitude in Gualtallary, the highest part of Tupungato in the Uco Valley, where the soils are eminently chalky and the wines are pure, fresh and supple, like this example. The wine fermented in small stainless steel vats and matured in 3,500-liter French oak foudres for some 18 months, which seems to be the new standard for élevage at Las Hormigas. The nose delivers what the appellation and vintage should be: an elegant, fresh, fruit- and soil-driven red, with a medium body. However, the palate is surprisingly dry, with earthy tannins that kind of flattens the otherwise serious and balanced palate
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Altos las Hormigas, South America
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In 1995 Alberto Antonini, a well-known Tuscan winemaker, and Antonio Morescalchi, a young entrepreneur, took a trip to visit the burgeoning wine areas of South America. It only took one stop to find what they were looking for. They were immediately impressed by the vineyards thriving in the high altitude and dry climate of Mendoza, and were captivated by the whispered traditions and blend of cultures.

They returned to Tuscany powerfully impressed not only by the region, but also by the unexplored potential of Malbec, a grape that had a strong local tradition but was largely ignored and misunderstood. While the rest of the wine world saw Mendoza struggling to shed its bulk wine image, the two young Italians saw Mendoza as a place where traditional viticultural values and unblemished land could be reinvigorated with a modern winemaking approach and international experience. Instead of planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as many others were doing during the 1990s, the team decided to invest their confidence in Malbec. Today, Malbec is the varietal for which Argentina is best known.

Against all odds they cemented their vision to become Terroir Specialists Shortly after, two friends and business partners, also enthused by the idea, joined the venture: Attilio Pagli, a renowned Tuscan winemaker with two 100 point-scoring wines in his personal record and Carlos Vazquez, an Argentine Agronomist, who work for 20 years with the early Catena group, planting new varieties, developing previously unknown vineyard sites and contributing greatly to the qualitative change of Argentine viticulture early on.

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With a winning combination of cool weather, high elevation and well-draining alluvial soils, it is no surprise that Mendoza’s Uco Valley is one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in Argentina. Healthy, easy-to-manage vines produce low yields of high-quality fruit, which in turn create flavorful, full-bodied wines with generous acidity.

This is the source of some of the best Malbec in Mendoza, which can range from value-priced to ultra-premium. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay also perform well here.

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Celebrated for its bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec has enjoyed runaway success in Argentina since the late 20th century. The grape originated in Bordeaux, France, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. A French agronomist, who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. Somm Secret—If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet with its combination of dense fruit and soft tannins.

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