2007 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Mendoza, Argentina
If you loved the 2006, you will be seriously enthused about this latest release from Las Hormigas. Last year's vintage got 90 points in the Wine Advocate, and this review: "The 2006 Malbec is a prime contender for the top value in Malbec. Purple-colored, it has an excellent nose of violets, spice box, blueberry, and black cherry. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a creamy texture, layers of flavor, excellent balance, and a long, fruit-driven finish. Although this outstanding Malbec may well evolve for 1-2 years, there is no reason to defer gratification. It is a fantastic value." Like its predecessor, the 2007 was vinified in stainless steel, aged for nine months in a combination of stainless steel and oak, then bottled without any form of stabilization or filtration, the Altos las Hormigas Malbec shows jobs of pure fruit pretty much in its natural, unadulterated state. Shows lots of wild cherry, red berries, anise and tropical spices, as well as nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon.