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 followin...

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Shoppers Vineyard
Clifton, NJ (220 mi)
USD 10.99
750ml
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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 so... Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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Snooth User: dynowine
3956231,323
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
84088661
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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  • Snooth User: doperry
    84088661
    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.

    User Tags:

    deep
  • lush
  • eavy

  • External Reviews for Altos las Hormigas Malbec

    External Review
    09/27/2011

    Opens with tarry, cooked aromas but with airing, oak and ripe, earthy berry notes squeak out. The palate is chewy and solid, with extract and tannic grab as well as smoky, sultry flavors of roasted black fruits and bouillon. Meaty and satisfying.


    External Review
    01/03/2012

    Altos Las Hormigas was conceived in 1995 as a joint project between importer Marc de Grazia, superstar winemaking consultant Attilio Pagli, Le Terrazze owner Antonio Terni, and Alberto Antonini of Antinori. The four Italian partners, recognizing the enormous potential and exciting challenge of old vine Malbec grown in the warm climate of Argentine, began crafting supple, deeply fruited and concentrated wine with the 1997 vintage. As of the 2000 vintage, an increasing percentage of the grapes comes form the grouprsquo;s Las Hormigas vineyard, located at 800 to 900 meters altitude. The winery, now in the final design stages, is projected to be in operation for vinification of the 2002 vintage.


    External Review
    09/27/2011

    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 pâté.


    External Review
    05/19/2011

    This plump red offers rounded cherry, plum and raspberry notes laced with a modest touch of roasted vanilla. Solid. Drink now.


    External Review
    01/03/2012

    On the nose, smooth berry aromas turn chocolaty courtesy of the high-toast barrels used. In the mouth, the plump fruit seems up to the oak. Therersquo;s raspberry and raisin, and some blueberry, too. For the curious, Altos de Medrano is the winery and Hormigas, in Spanish, are ants. Fortunately, Irsquo;ve seem no such critters at the winery.


    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
    01/03/2012

    Deep ruby-red. Slightly exotic aromas of black raspberry, licorice and Christmas cake; this reminded me of a zinfandel from the early rsquo;90rsquo;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.


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    Winemaker's Notes:

    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.

    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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