can't beat the price with a stick! The light-medium body of this Altos Las Hormigas works beautifully with many meat dishes, just not the ultra-heavy. If you feel like steak, grill it, slice it thinly, and drape it on an arugula salad with shaved parmesan and a garlicky vinaigrette. Pan-fried pork chops with a plum/cardamom compote will work beautifully too. Even though our brutal chill is waning, we're still roasting in the oven. Old habits die hard winelovers. Make a sage, white pepper, salt and garlic butter in the food processor and then spread it liberally under the skin of a small chicken. Roast until the skin is crispy, and serve with silky mashed potatoes. You'll be glad you did. Or, at this price, make a classic Coq au Vin with mushrooms and onions. Thin crust sausage pizza with a couple of anchovies layered on is another delicious choice for this versatile wine. On the lighter, meat-free side, putting a glass of this Clásico Mendoza Malbec next to a mushroom lasagna will not disappoint either. 'Silky, vivid and ripe' is right. It's spaghetti and giant turkey meatballs for dinner around here... Suculento!
Tim Atkin, Master of Wine; Argentina 2015, Special Report: "Sometimes referred to as the winery’s “classic” Malbec, this comes from vineyards in Luján as opposed to the Uco Valley. It’s soft and attractive with violet aromas and an elegant, refreshing finish that’s typical of 2013. Drink: 2015-18.” Mar 2015
Tim Atkin is an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 28 years of experience in the wine world. He writes for a number of publications, including Decanter and Imbibe, and he regularly appears on BBC shows to discuss wine. About the Uco Valley, where the Altos Appellation Malbecs come from, he wrote, “Currently the most exciting region in Argentina, thanks to a combination of foreign investment, high altitudes, the proximity of the Andes, old vines (especially in La Consulta), and new plantings in Gualtallary. The potential is enormous, especially as some of the new vineyards mature.”
The Guardian: Rated one of the 20 Best Summer Wines, 'Best For Barbecue'. "Italian-Argentinian co-production Altos Las Hormigas is making some of the best Malbecs around, and this vivacious bottling perfectly encapulates the variety’s charms: fragrant, floral, succulent and fleshy but with all the required depth and tannic structure for an asado (South American barbecue)."
Winery: "This luminous cherry colored Malbec with pink hues offers a delicate first nose of red currant, minty blackberry leaves and tenuous smoky notes. Aromas of passion fruit, accompanied by gentle white pepper complete its cheerful bouquet. This is confirmed on the palate in a light bodied, silky wine with very delicate tannins, along with mango and crunchy plum notes. On the finish, sweet spices and dried herbs linger with a fleshy, natural acidity, which makes Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clásico the perfect pairing for light cuisine or white meat.
When well-known Tuscan winemaker Alberto Antonini came to Argentina in 1995, he had a vision: to change the world’s perception of the much-misunderstood Malbec grape. In France the thin-skinned, intense varietal is used mainly for Bordeaux blends, but when Antonini brought on master winemaker Attilio Pagli (who has two 100 point wines under his belt), their goal was to create a Malbec that could be appreciated completely on its own merits. And after one taste of their 2013 Clásico, you'll be appreciating all over the place."
Size: 750ml; cork
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Residual Sugar: 1.5g/L
Aging: 10 months in concrete 'piletas'
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
We think the Altos Las Hormigas Clásico Mendoza Malbec is a knock-out, juicy, fruity, spicy red wine from Argentina. So does Tim Atkin, long time Master of Wine… And let's be honest: you
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