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Altos Las Hormigas Vina Hormigas Malbec Reserve 2015

Altos Las Hormigas Vina Hormigas Malbec Reserve 2015

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"The 2015 Malbec Reserve was produced with grapes from limestone-rich soils in Altamira and Gualtallary. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in untoasted 3,500-liter oak foudres for 22 months. This is always a serious and mineral wine, a Malbec that overdelivers, especially in a cool year like this, with the verticality from Gualtallary that is the majority of the blend. It's like an upgraded version of the Terroir Valle de Uco bottling, even if it's from a slightly riper year. But Altos Las Hormigas is one of the first to harvest in Mendoza. The price is just unbelievable. 28,167 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2017. Drink: 2018-2022. 94 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)