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2018 Altos Las Hormigas "Reserve" Malbec Uco Valley

SKU #1546779 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 94+ points "The limestone starts in the Reserva/Reserve range, of which I tasted the 2018 Malbec Reserve, which is produced from vineyards on limestone soils in Altamira and Gualtallary. This is incredibly elegant, floral and expressive, with superb minerality on the palate. It has fine-grained tannins and is silky, tasty, long and expressive. Superb! This wine is all about texture, and it's the best reserve I ever remember."(LG) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark In its current era, ALH is focused on producing styles that reflect the terroir in new ways. A blend of grapes from Gualtallary and Paraje Altamira, the Reserve was aged in foudres for 18 months. Bright, purplish red. The fruit on the nose is hidden behind aromas of violet and herbs plus a hint of cherry. The vertical palate revolves around freshness and chalky tannins. This is a reductive, skinny red, all bone and tension. For drinkers who follow the latest trends.(JH) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

93 points Tim Atkin MW "This textbook Uco Valley Malbec from Leo Erazo marries fruit from Paraje Altamira and Gualtallary, with the resulting blend fermented in concrete and aged in large untoasted foudres. Sappy and mineral with notes of white pepper, red and black fruits, appealing freshness and a spicy finish, this is all about flavour rather than oak."

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2021 | Send Email
This is a Malbec that demands a little more of your attention. It is not quite a simple fruit forward wine. It has a depth and a persistence that makes you want to pay attention. The fruit is a little reserved, it is dark red with some dark berries as well, it slowly starts to unfurl and present a wider array of fruit tones with time. The calcium carbonate in the soil really speaks here, it has energy and drive that you can sense immediately. The palate is plums, dark cherries with sappy concentration and a floral lift. Lots of subtle, very fine spice with mineral verve that play off the very polish tannins on its long very persistent finish. This is a wine of presence and intensity all the while being textural and indulgent.

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