Altos Los Hormigas Malbec Clasico 750 ml • 2018 •

country: Argentina / region: Mendoza / style: Wine / size: 750 ml / manufacturer: Altos Las Hormigas / vintage: 2018 / sku: 19560
The Wine Advocate   91 Points
Reg. $13.99 $10.99
DESCRIPTION:
The 2018 vintage – marked by the always present sun of Mendoza – shows in the concentrated and lively color of this wine: a bright violet red. On the nose, the variety fully unfolds, with its characteristic notes of fresh red plums, but also displaying aromas of strawberries and a subtle note of peppermint. The palate presents great intensity, character and a silky texture, highlighted by juicy red fruit flavors with an interesting note of pepper. This is a pleasure wine that lingers in the mouth. A classic Mendoza Malbec from an exceptional quality vintage, ideal to pair with various dishes, from red meats to pasta or grilled vegetables.

Named for the humble, hardworking ants that populate the hills around Mendoza, Altos las Hormigas is the project of two terroir-obsessed Italians, Alberto Antonini and Antonio Morescalchi. Upon visiting Mendoza for the first time in 1995, Alberto and Antonio were immediately struck by the vineyards thriving in the high-altitude, dry climate, as well as the potential in a widely planted but relatively unknown grape at the time, Malbec. The following year, they purchased 206 hectares in the town of Lujan de Cuyo, which would become the estate of Altos las Hormigas. By combining a modern winemaking approach and international experience with the local traditions and culture, Alberto and Antonio were able to help shepherd Mendoza away from its bulk wine image of the past, and into the powerhouse wine region it has become.

• Malbec •
SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRING:
Barbeque
Beef
Charcuterie-Cheese
Lamb

Ratings

The Wine Advocate   91 Points
WAThe Wine Advocate: 91 points
The unoaked 2018 Malbec Clásico 2018 comes from a very good year, after 2013 and 2014, which were very difficult years, and 2015 and 2016 that saw lots of rain. According to winemaker Leo Erazo, it's the most complex wine to make because of the many different sources of grapes, growers and the volume they make. But they planted 22 hectares in 2012, so they use more of their own grapes; the wine now has some 30% of grapes from Valle de Uco, which is always a cooler region that is noticed in the wine, which is very balanced, harmonious and easy to drink. It has a dusty note and fine tannins; it's elegant and especially very drinkable.