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Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clasico 750ml 2013
Sku: 10641
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Country: Argentina
Region: Cuyo
Sub-Region: Mendoza
Grape Varietal: Malbec
Type: Still wine
Reg. $11.99
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Wine Advocate 87 points - So let’s start with the 2013 Malbec Clasico, a fresh, unoaked Malbec from Medrano in Lujan de Cuyo, with a bright ruby color and notes of red fruit, and piercing acidity. Pleasant, highly drinkable and enjoyable. One for the table. Only 13.7% alcohol, which is quite remarkable for a relatively warm region. Around one million bottles produced. Superb value. Drink now. (Apr 2014)

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Wine maker notes
100% Malbec grapes come from soils chosen for their similar characteristics in soil profile and low vigor. Vineyard sites are over 800 meters in elevation, located both in Lujan de Cujo, which gives it its fruit forward character, and Valle de Uco, to add spices, backbone and floral notes. Ruby red in color, 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.

In 1995 Alberto Antonini, a well-known Tuscan winemaker, and Antonio Morescalchi, a young entrepreneur, took a trip to visit the burgeoning wine areas of South America. It only took one stop to find what they were looking for. They were immediately impressed by the vineyards thriving in the high altitude and dry climate of Mendoza, and were captivated by the whispered traditions and blend of cultures. They returned to Tuscany powerfully impressed not only by the region, but also by the unexplored potential of Malbec, a grape that had a strong local tradition but was largely ignored and misunderstood. While the rest of the wine world saw Mendoza struggling to shed its bulk wine image, the two young Italians saw Mendoza as a place where traditional viticultural values and unblemished land could be reinvigorated with a modern winemaking approach and international experience. Instead of planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as many others were doing during the 1990s, the team decided to invest their confidence in Malbec. Today, Malbec is the varietal for which Argentina is best known. Against all odds they cemented their vision to become Terroir Specialists Shortly after, two friends and business partners, also enthused by the idea, joined the venture: Attilio Pagli, a renowned Tuscan winemaker with two 100 point-scoring wines in his personal record and Carlos Vazquez, an Argentine Agronomist, who work for 20 years with the early Catena group, planting new varieties, developing previously unknown vineyard sites and contributing greatly to the qualitative change of Argentine viticulture early on.

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