Wine Spectator 93 points - This is a dark, ambitious red, displaying layered flavors of crushed plum, cassis and boysenberry, framed by judicious toasty oak, smoke and espresso notes and silky tannins through the long finish. For fans of the powerful style. Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2015. 350 cases imported.-JM
(Nov 15 2011)
Vinous 89 points - (an 80/20 blend of malbec and cabernet sauvignon, aged in new French oak for 14 months): Saturated dark ruby to the rim. Superripe aromas of blackberry and licorice. Dense and lush, with nicely integrated acidity framing the seamless dark fruit flavors. Very concentrated blend but just a tad dried by the oak on the back end. I’d feel better about this wine’s likely future development if it showed a bit more verve today.
89+ Points (Mar 2013)
Wine Advocate 95 points - The flagship 2009 Alto is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon aged separately in new French oak for 22 months prior to blending. This purple effort displays a superb nose of toasty oak, mineral, exotic spices, and wild berries. Ripe, savory, concentrated, and impeccably balanced, this seamless wine will benefit from 5-6 years of cellaring and offer prime drinking from 2016 to 2029, if not longer. (Dec 2011)
Alta Vista’s iconic wine, represents the benchmark among Argentine wines, crafted from the highest quality grapes from small vineyard parcels with low yields. Hand-picked grapes go through a double selection process on a sorting table. Alto is vinified in small, epoxy-lined concrete tanks which allow a gentle, precise vinification and extraction of polyphenols to produce an elegant wine. It is aged 14 months in new French oak barrels and at least 12 months in bottle.
|Alta Vista is a French family-owned winery that focuses on the production of high altitude, site-specific wines. The family’s winemaking knowledge and passion, together with its former ownership of the famous champagne house Piper-Heidsieck, provided the impetus to create a harmonious French-Argentine fusion. Years of research brought them to the top growing regions of Mendoza, an area best suited for the creation of terroir-expression wines.