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Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2009

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Alberto Antonini and his Tuscan friend, Antonio Morescalchi were so impressed with the vineyards in the area following their first trip to Argentina in 1995, that they persuaded a few friends to join them and bought this estate. Situated in Lujan de Cuyo, one of Mendoza’s premier growing areas, facing the Andes to the east, this property covers 216 hectares, of which 40 were planted between 1996 and 1999. They also buy in grapes, primarily from La Consulta (south of Mendoza city). Deep purple-red in colour with bright hues. On the nose it has aromas of crushed cherries, raspberries, dried violet petals and a hint of nutmeg. Powerful mouth-feel, ample and structured with smooth tannins and a long, sustained finish.

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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
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Member Reviews for Altos las Hormigas Malbec

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Snooth User: dynowine
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3.50 5
07/04/2010

Tested on a well-decanted bottle (more than 2 hrs). Concentrated nose of floral, fruit with hints of tar and licorice. Chewy neither sweet nor sour ripe intense black fruit (cassis, black cherry, black currant). Finishes of same element fading away. Good QPR. Body medium plus, acid medium minus, tannin medium minus. Dry.


Snooth User: doperry
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3.50 5
06/10/2011

Altos malbec has always been a favorite of mine. It's an inexpensive bold red. Notes of red berries and plum with a pleasent oaky flavor throughout.

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    4.00 5
    05/25/2013

    Four glasses


    External Reviews for Altos las Hormigas Malbec

    External Review
    Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
    05/18/2011

    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 2009 Malbec. Wine & Spirits reported in April 2010 that Altos Las Hormigas Malbec is the #2 most popular Argentine wine in US restaurants. Stephen Tanzer rated it 88 points. 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
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    05/19/2011

    This medium to dark ruby-colored fruit bomb has a boisterous, almost Beaujolais-like nose of plums, blackberries and dark cherries. This sweet, lush, fat, and velvety-textured, medium to full-bodied wine has copious layers of plummy fruit. It is neither complex nor long in the finish, but this lascivious offering satisfies the hedonistic needs. Drink it over the next 4 years.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    05/19/2011

    Pretty blueberry and blackberry flavors, with sweet, medium-weight tannin, and a round, accessible finish that shows toasty vanilla. Solid introduction to the grape. Drink now through 2003.


    External Review
    05/25/2011

    Deep ruby-red. Slightly exotic aromas of black raspberry, licorice and Christmas cake; this reminded me of a zinfandel from the early '90's. Then superripe and fat with fruit, with a touch of reduction to its varietally typical flavors of dark berries, graphite, leather and licorice. Finishes with a note of licorice pastille and substantial ripe tannins. A very good value.


    External Review
    09/27/2011

    Closed and tight when first poured, this opens to pure cherry and raspberry flavors, while the firm tannins and fresh acidity mark the outlines of its fleshy body. To catch all the freshness, open it now with a fried eggplant sandwich.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    01/03/2012

    Aromas of black cherries and chocolate back up the warmth of this wine. Its texture has been softened by oak, making it a gentle partner for liver pacirc;teacute;.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    05/19/2011

    Good beefy, briery, plummy flavors, with a firm, minerally finish. A bit chunky, but good Malbec. Drink now through 2002. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


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    Alberto Antonini and his Tuscan friend, Antonio Morescalchi were so impressed with the vineyards in the area following their first trip to Argentina in 1995, that they persuaded a few friends to join them and bought this estate. Situated in Lujan de Cuyo, one of Mendoza’s premier growing areas, facing the Andes to the east, this property covers 216 hectares, of which 40 were planted between 1996 and 1999. They also buy in grapes, primarily from La Consulta (south of Mendoza city). Deep purple-red in colour with bright hues. On the nose it has aromas of crushed cherries, raspberries, dried violet petals and a hint of nutmeg. Powerful mouth-feel, ample and structured with smooth tannins and a long, sustained finish.

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