• Altos Las Hormigas Gualtallary Malbec 2014 95

    Altos Las Hormigas Gualtallary Malbec 2014

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    95pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "Comes from the hottest place (not in temperature, but in terms of market demand) in the Valle de Uco, where the grapes for the 2014 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary are grown. This is significantly cheaper than most wines of this quality." ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    We think the Altos Las Hormigas Gualtallary Malbec is a knock-out, juicy, fruity, spicy red wine from Argentina.   Altos Las Hormigas works beautifully with many meat dishes. If you feel like steak, grill it, slice it thinly, and drape it on an arugula salad with shaved parmesan and a garlicky vinaigrette. Pan-fried pork chops with a plum/cardamom compote will work beautifully too.   Old habits die hard winelovers. Make a sage, white pepper, salt and garlic butter in the food processor and then spread it liberally under the skin of a small chicken. Roast until the skin is crispy, and serve with silky mashed potatoes. You'll be glad you did. Or, make a classic Coq au Vin with mushrooms and onions. Thin crust sausage pizza with a couple of anchovies layered on is another delicious choice for this versatile wine. On the lighter, meat-free side, putting a glass of this Mendoza Malbec next to a mushroom lasagna will not disappoint either. It's spaghetti and giant turkey meatballs for dinner around here... Suculento!

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate:  "The other appellation Malbec comes from the hottest place (not in temperature, but in terms of market demand) in the Valle de Uco, where the grapes for the 2014 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary are grown. This is significantly cheaper than most wines of this quality. The soils here are rich in calcium carbonate, but in the shape of caliche (a kind of marl with plenty of chalky material, iron and clay), which provide for more tannic wines. The destemmed grapes fermented in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts without the use of any pumps. The wine matured in used, untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for a period of some 18 months. It feels fresher, perhaps a little herbal and definitely more ethereal than the Altamira. Yes, it's more tannic, because the tannins are abundant, but they feel very fine-grained. This year I favor Gualtallary over Altamira. There is more complexity here.  Drink:  2016-2026."   Dec 2016

    Winery:  "Fresh red fruit notes, cranberries and wild strawberries are followed by layers of spice, Andean underbrush and herbs. On the palate the sensa ons broaden, with intensely concentrated fruit moving through the mid-palate on to the finish with crescendo-like effect. The limestone tannins and calcareous soils build a firm but balanced structure in the mouth. A firm, complex wine, showing clear limestone-derived minerality and a long-lasting finish."

    Bottle:
    750ml
    Varietal: 100% Malbec
    Alcohol %:
    14.2
    Total Acidity: g/L
    5.1
    pH: 3.7
    Aging: Aged 18 months in 3,500 liter untoasted Foudres
    Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina