• Altos Las Hormigas Gualtallary Malbec 2016 96

    Altos Las Hormigas Gualtallary Malbec 2016

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    96pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "This has to be one of the best wines ever produced at Altos Las Hormigas." ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    We think the Altos Las Hormigas Gualtallary Malbec is a knock-outred wine from Argentina.   Altos Las Hormigas works beautifully with many meat dishes. 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.   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, 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 Mendoza Malbec next to a mushroom lasagna will not disappoint either. It's spaghetti and giant turkey meatballs for dinner around here... Suculento!

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate:  "My favorite of the collection, the 2016 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary is a wild and structured expression of the grape, place and vintage. Produced with grapes grown at 1,300 meters in altitude, it fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and aged in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for some 22 months. It comes from two selected plots in Gualtallary and has a very perfumed nose that is intoxicating, with notes of decayed violets, wild herbs and an earthy touch. The palate is pure chalk, with mineral notes, ultra refined tannins and a dry, tasty finish. This has a similar character to the Reserve, with higher minerality and the added freshness of 2016. This has to be one of the best wines ever produced at Altos Las Hormigas. It has the balance to develop nicely in bottle. Drink date: 2018 - 2028." Jun 2018

    Winery:  "This Malbec fully shows you its origins: Gualtallary. In this vintage particularly, the character- istics of this terroir favored the wine. Especially the soils of this appellation, with its marked slopes and its low humidity retention capacity, helped the excess of water –in a year that was more rainy than average in the area- to drain easily and benefit grape concentration. A solid violet red color reveals a dense, concentrated, compact wine. Notes of spices and minerality make a complex nose. On the palate, a supple entry, dark berries and spices. A very structured and quite wild Malbec, with firm fine-grain tannins, showing its calcareous foundations and columns. The mouth feel is full of thrilling freshness and balance, with a long and persistent finish."

    Varietal 100% Malbec
    Alcohol %
    Total Acidity
    5.62 g/l
    pH 3.8
    Aging Aged 22 months in 3,500 liter untoasted Foudres
    Region Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina