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Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Gualtallary Malbec 2016

Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Gualtallary Malbec 2016

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"My favorite of the collection, the 2016 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary is a wild and structured expression of the grape, place and vintage. Produced with grapes grown at 1,300 meters in altitude, it fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and aged in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for some 22 months. It comes from two selected plots in Gualtallary and has a very perfumed nose that is intoxicating, with notes of decayed violets, wild herbs and an earthy touch. The palate is pure chalk, with mineral notes, ultra refined tannins and a dry, tasty finish. This has a similar character to the Reserve, with higher minerality and the added freshness of 2016. This has to be one of the best wines ever produced at Altos Las Hormigas. It has the balance to develop nicely in bottle. 10,208 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2018. Drink: 2018-2028. 96 points

This time I tasted the current releases from Altos Las Hormigas with soil expert Pedro Parra, who is a partner in Altos Las Hormigas. The wines have enjoyed a transformation toward more freshness and less oak, and I think they are finally getting to understand the different zones where they search for soils rich in limestone. In December 2017, they finished planting their Jardín Altamira Vineyard in the Paraje Altamira appellation where they have mostly Malbec and Bonarda. They produce an average of 900,000 bottles per vintage."

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (237)