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Altos las Hormigas Terroir Malbec 2016

Altos las Hormigas Terroir Malbec 2016
$12.98

SKU 806145000093

750ml

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Exclusively from Valle de Uco Vineyards with elevation above 900 meters. Grapes are harvested by hand from a blend of high density vineyards located in the sub region of Vista Flores as well as two areas in Tupungato. These are gravelly, alluvial soils with abundant stones and good drainage, which delivers the typical bouquet of Valle de Uco, combining flowers with fine red fruit and subtle spices. 50% of this Malbec is aged in cement piletas, 25% in stainless steel vats, and 25% is aged in untoasted large oak foudres.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation Alto Vale de Uco
Brand Altos las Hormigas
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Wine AdvocateThe introduction to the Valle de Uco is the 2016 Malbec Terroir Valle de Uco, which has grapes from La Consulta and Tupungato. In 2016, a cool year with low yields, they fermented the grapes in small stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts, and 75% of the volume was kept unoaked while the remaining 25% matured in untoasted 3,500-liter oak foudres for 18 months. This is a Malbec that's a lot more linear and austere, with superb freshness, super fine tannins and a subdued minerality, really serious. The palate is harmonious, balanced and mineral. It's a bargain Malbec, really nuanced and with incipient complexity despite its youth. 93,000 bottles produced.

Luis Gutierrez, June 29, 2018