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Altos las Hormigas Clasico Malbec 2015

Member Review by Argovino:

Stick your nose into a glass of this, and there's an onslaught of powerful fresh plum and burning firewood - one of the most forward bouquets you're likely to experience from a malbec. Then taste: the flavors of plum and smoke continue, not too sweet as per the usual Altos style, with touches of ginger and spice. It's potentially a great pairing with East Asian barbecued meats. (AV 87, http://argovino.com/?p=1040)

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Altos las Hormigas:
The property is situated in the township of Lujan de Cuyo, on a gentle slope at about 800 meters above sea level, facing the Andes range in the East, protected westward by a minor geological fold. The estate's total area is 206 hectares, 45 of which planted. The only varietal planted is Malbec, clones are obtained from careful field selection. The vineyards have a density of over 4,000 p... Read more
The property is situated in the township of Lujan de Cuyo, on a gentle slope at about 800 meters above sea level, facing the Andes range in the East, protected westward by a minor geological fold. The estate's total area is 206 hectares, 45 of which planted. The only varietal planted is Malbec, clones are obtained from careful field selection. The vineyards have a density of over 4,000 plants per hectare, and were planted between 1996 and 1999, free of root stock and raised with the guyot method. At the heart of the property stands the 2,000 square meter cellar with its capacity for 16,000 hectolitres plus approximately 900 hectolitre capacity in small oak. Completed in 2001, the cellar was designed to have minimal impact on the territory, respecting the local traditional architecture. Inside, however, it is designed to achieve the very best technical conditions, such as temperature control, hygienic impeccability and a streamlined functionality with respect to all wine making processes. Indeed, sobriety and functionality have been our guidelines in every respect. Read less

Member Reviews for Altos las Hormigas Clasico Malbec

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Snooth User: Argovino
1278402711
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 04/29/2013

Stick your nose into a glass of this, and there's an onslaught of powerful fresh plum and burning firewood - one of the most forward bouquets you're likely to experience from a malbec. Then taste: the flavors of plum and smoke continue, not too sweet as per the usual Altos style, with touches of ginger and spice. It's potentially a great pairing with East Asian barbecued meats. (AV 87, http://argovino.com/?p=1040)


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593865,221
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/10/2012

At the (reduced) price in British Columbia, this wine has the usual Mendoza power and mild rusticity (dry mountain herbs and aromatic wood) we have come to enjoy. The nose is spiced and redolent of dried cranberries and boxwood. The entry is rich and slightly warm with some tentacled angularity. More balanced and structured than many Argentine wines at this very modest price point. Highly recommended for the financially strapped; buy a case. Gotta like the name Ant Heights. 89 points.


Snooth User: agrips1
80822933
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/08/2012

Bristol


Snooth User: michi66f
100683780
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 02/06/2012

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Argovino
1278402711
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 04/29/2013

A mild malbec with a faint nose and a bright, inoffensive flavor, quite a good substitute for a cheap bottle of Cahors but likely a touch too acidic for fruit lovers. The key is to leave it open for a day or two – then the wine takes on a velvety yet still very direct quality. (AV 86, http://argovino.com/?p=597)


Snooth User: malbeceamos
86074546
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 10/29/2011

The first sip revealed a malbec with flavors of black cherry, fading into a concentrated cacophony of spices and chocolate. Full Review here! http://malbeceamos.com/2011/10/27/2010-altos-las-hormigas-malbec/


Snooth User: dabriza
849327101
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 06/17/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Altos las Hormigas Clasico Malbec

External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/15/2014

Bright full red. Blackberry, plum, currant and red licorice on the somewhat reduced nose. Juicy, spicy and firm-edged, with a medicinal cast to the dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. Good honest wine with moderate depth and pliancy and a slightly green quality to the aftertaste.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/15/2014

This juicy red sports floral, spice, crushed cherry and dark raspberry notes, with a hint of mocha on the finish. Drink now..


External Review
Vintage: 2011 01/30/2014

Mendoza, ArgentinaAltos Las Hormigas Malbec is an outstanding red wine gem from Argentina. In 1995, Alberto Antonini, a well-known Tuscan winemaker, and Antonio Morescalchi, a young entrepreneur, took a trip to visit the major viticultural areas of Argentina. They returned powerfully impressed by the potential of Malbec in the Mendoza appellation. Later that year they purchased 216 hectares of vineyards in Lujn de Cuyo, and Altos Las Hormigas was born. The estate's success story continues with the new 2012 Malbec. Wine & Spirits reported in April 2010 that Altos Las Hormigas Malbec is the #2 most popular Argentine wine in US restaurants. Winemakers are Alberto Antonini and Attilio Pagli. Altos Las Hormigas Malbec is deep garnet-purple in color with a beautiful nose of plums, raspberries, mocha, spice and mineral notes. It has full body, soft tannins and well integrated oak. Rich and silky on the palate, it is long and elegant on the finish.Enjoy Altos Las Hormigas Malbec over the next 7-8 years with grilled steak, beef empanadas, hearty pastas, pizza and cheeses.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 02/27/2012

Mendoza, ArgentinaAltos Las Hormigas Malbec is an outstanding red wine gem from Argentina. In 1995, Alberto Antonini, a well-known Tuscan winemaker, and Antonio Morescalchi, a young entrepreneur, took a trip to visit the major viticultural areas of Argentina. They returned powerfully impressed by the potential of Malbec in the Mendoza appellation. Later that year they purchased 216 hectares of vineyards in Lujn de Cuyo, and Altos Las Hormigas was born. The estate's success story continues with the new 2011 Malbec. Wine & Spirits reported in April 2010 that Altos Las Hormigas Malbec is the #2 most popular Argentine wine in US restaurants. Winemakers are Alberto Antonini and Attilio Pagli. Altos Las Hormigas Malbec is deep garnet-purple in color with a beautiful nose of plums, raspberries, mocha, spice and mineral notes. It has full body, soft tannins and well integrated oak. Rich and silky on the palate, it is long and elegant on the finish.Enjoy Altos Las Hormigas Malbec over the next 7-8 years with grilled steak, beef empanadas, hearty pastas, pizza and cheeses.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/25/2011

A stellar bargain from South America! Malbec has flourished in Argentina, and Altos Las Hormigas remains a deliciously affordable version. Try it with grilled meat or a spicy sauce.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/25/2011

The 2006 Malbec is a prime contender for the top value in Malbec. Purple-colored, it has an excellent nose of violets, spice box, blueberry, and black cherry. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a creamy texture, layers of flavor, excellent balance, and a long, fruit-driven finish. Although this outstanding Malbec may well evolve for 1-2 years, there is no reason to defer gratification. It is a fantastic value.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/25/2011

Full, deep red. Rather reticent but pure nose offers currant, black cherry, smoked meat, spices and earth. Sweet, lush and pliant; a round and rather gentle wine with good depth. Finishes with dusty, mouthcoating tannins and good length. A terrific value.


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