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Altos las Hormigas Malbec Clásico 2010

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Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. After a careful selection process, the grapes are softly pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks between 24°C and 28°C to promote the maceration. During the fermentation process the must is pumped over 3 times a day for extraction, with 2 rack-and-returns taking place in total, once at the beginning, and once at the end. The wine is then aged in new French and American oak insert staves.

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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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Snooth User: Argovino
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3.50 5
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
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3.50 5
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
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3.00 5
06/17/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Altos las Hormigas Malbec Clásico

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

Good, solid mixed berry fruit, with sweet smoke and spice notes. The round, fleshy finish has a nice brier tint. Textbook introduction to the grape. Drink now.


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Source: Bowery And Vine
04/14/2011

Supple, pure fruit expressions and a clean fresh finish.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

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


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

This is ripe, with raspberry and boysenberry fruit laced with notes of mocha and fruitcake. Fleshy and round. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

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.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

Light and fresh, with a tasty beam of raspberry and cherry fruit backed by modest, well-integrated toast. There's a nice lingering licorice note. Drink now.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

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 group'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.


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Tasting Notes:

The 2010 is ruby red in colour, with hues of blue and violet. Aromas of ripe red and black fruits, amalgamated with chocolate, coconut and vanilla. A nicely balanced palate, supported by firm tannins on the long, fine finish.

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. After a careful selection process, the grapes are softly pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks between 24°C and 28°C to promote the maceration. During the fermentation process the must is pumped over 3 times a day for extraction, with 2 rack-and-returns taking place in total, once at the beginning, and once at the end. The wine is then aged in new French and American oak insert staves.

Dietary Information: All-Natural

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1% pH: 3.6
Sugar: 1.8 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.12 grams per liter

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