2020 Altos Las Hormigas "Reserve" Malbec Uco Valley

SKU #1674335 93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Notes of blue plums and blueberries with hints of savory herbs, violets and wet stones. A crunchy and savory palate with juicy, finely polished tannins and chalky blue fruit character. Pretty and attractive with a mineral finish. Inner quote mark (2/2023)

93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2020 Malbec Reserve was produced from vines on limestone soils in Gualtallary (80%) and Altamira (20%) with concentration and elegance. It has 13.8% alcohol and keeps very good freshness and balance. It fermented with natural yeasts, and 75% of the volume matured in oak foudre for 18 months and the rest in raw concrete. They have had the courage to go for their own style, and this wine reflects that, but perhaps it's the most classical of their bottlings. It has ripeness without excess and varietal aromas of violet, iron and blood with an earthy touch and the chalky minerality in the texture. 2020 was a warm and dry vintage, and the wine manages to keep the poise and has the complexity of the noble origin... (LG) Inner quote mark (11/2022)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 Malbec Reserve from the Uco Valley was 75% aged in foudres. Purple in the glass. This has a mild nose of herbs, violets and sweet and sour cherry. The 2020 is a red with refined, reactive tannins that will improve in the bottle, delivering intense flavor, a juicy flow and a bold expression. The feel is chalky and quite crunchy for a warm year. (JH) Inner quote mark (9/2022)

K&L Notes

Joaquin Hidalgo's notes on the producer for Vinous: "Oenologists Attilio Pagli and Alberto Antonini, together with entrepreneur Antonio Morescalchi, are the Italian founders of Altos Las Hormigas. They still work actively at the winery alongside the Chilean terroir expert Pedro Parra. Altos Las Hormigas oversees 40 hectares in Luján de Cuyo and 30 more in Paraje Altamira and uses grapes from these vineyards and others to produce a series of Malbecs and Bonardas. The approach has evolved from ripe, oaky Malbecs in the 2000s to fresh, raw wines from 2010 onward, aged in large casks. Today, the focus is on achieving a balance between the two. In addition to Altos Las Hormigas Clásico and Reserva, they make a Terroir line and recently launched La Danza." (9/2022)

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