Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2009
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.
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.
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.
Two and a half glasses
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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.
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.
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.
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;.
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.
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.