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Altos Las Hormigas Paraje Altamira Malbec 2014

Altos Las Hormigas Paraje Altamira Malbec 2014

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"There are two separate wines from appellations in the Uco Valley, one of them the 2014 Malbec Appellation Altamira that comes from one appellation that has been officially named Paraje Altamira. This is a delicate Malbec from a low-yielding vintage, with up to 30% less grapes than the average, due to frost. The vines are located at 1,200 meters altitude on stony and chalky soils and the grapes fermented in small cement vats with indigenous yeasts, with punching down of the cap but without any pumping over. The wine matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 18 months and was kept in bottle for one year before being released. Even if the foudres are the same as those used for the Gualtallary, the oak feels more present here. There are some spicy aromas over a core of red fruit, and notions of wet stones. There is more volume here than in the Gualtallary, and the tannins are more present, it fills your mouth and leaves an earthy sensation. Great price for the quality it delivers. 5,778 bottles were filled in January 2016. Drink: 2016-2026. 94 points.

I tasted with Pedro Parra, one of the partners at Altos Las Hormigas and a renowned expert in soils. They are in a continual change, but the wine that has changed more this time is the Malbec Clásico, which is now produced with a high percentage of grapes from limestone soils from the Valle de Uco. They have also stopped producing the Vista Flores appellation, but might release more bottlings from Gualtallary in the future."

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (228)