Altos las Hormigas Uco Valley Terroir Malbec 2011 Front Label
Altos las Hormigas Uco Valley Terroir Malbec 2011 Front Label

Altos las Hormigas Uco Valley Terroir Malbec 2011

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750ML / 14.8% ABV
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750ML / 14.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This profuse red, violet hued wine is meant to reflect the expression of Malbec under the cooler climate of Uco Valley. Its bouquet opens with cheerful red berries such as red currant or bing cherry, which you find again on the palate, combined with a hint of fennel and subtle smoky notes. With friendly, supple tannins and a balanced structure between crisp and plentiful fruit, it is for us an example of juiciness. Dainty spices on the finish make it pleasing to drink alone or a perfect pair for a casual meal. Open half an hour before pouring.

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Lithe and open-textured, offering notes of paprika and dark chocolate to the dark plum, cherry and boysenberry flavors. This boasts an ironclad structure, showing accents of hot stone and sandalwood on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 7,000 cases made.
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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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Uco Valley Wine

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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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