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Altos Las Hormigas - Gualtallary Malbec 2019


Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $39.99

Producer Altos Las Hormigas
Country Argentina
Region Cuyo
Subregion Uco Valley
Varietal Malbec
Vintage 2019
Sku 62042
Size 750ml

Fifteen years ago, Robert Parker tasted the inaugural vintage of Altos las Hormigas and told his readers that he was "buying this wine for my own cellar." He gave the Malbec a huge rating at the time, a bold move considering the wines from Argentina were just starting to be imported into the United States. All these years later, The Wine Advocate continues to sing praises for the wines of Altos las Hormigas, and their single appellation wines from the Uco Valley. The Gualtallary is loaded with violet aromas, wild herbs, rockrose and spices, with noticeable minerality and a mix of black olives and smoke. This is a wine of grand structure and elegance, competing with some of the best in the world for under $40 a bottle!

Wine Advocate: 97 Points

"The 2019 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary comes from specific soils, two small three-hectare plots in the Cerros del Jaboncillo, where they find more caliche and limestone in Tupungato Winelands. They believe this place transmits the maximum expression of limestone to Malbec, giving a structured wine with fine-grained tannins with the wilderness from Gualtallary. It fermented in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts at some 26 degrees Celsius for 20 days. Eighty-five percent of the volume matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 20 months while the rest was kept in concrete. They sell it a little later than the Altamira because they feel Gualtallary needs a little more time in bottle; therefore, they are now offering the 2019 vintage, a very balanced wine that talks about the place where it was born. This is vibrant and expressive, with a complex nose and especially a lively palate with effervescent acidity and very fine-boned with elegant but firm tannins (they say "Serralunga-like" tannins). I find the recurring iron-like note of blood and fresh meat here too, intermixed with the wild flowers, herbs and spices. This has depth and complexity, and if Altamira is Barbaresco, Gualtallary is Barolo" The Wine Advocate, 97 Points

Wine Enthusiast: 94 Points

"The Appellation series shows the terroir's characteristics of subregions in Uco Valley. This one comes from limestone soils in Gualtallary. Violets, blackberry and cherry meet with hints of salt and oak spices on the nose. Well structured, the delicate palate features excellent acidity and chalky texture. Plum, blackberry and cherries merge with aniseed and tobacco. It's delicious now, but is ageworthy. Drink now through 2029." The Wine Enthusiast, 94 Points

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