Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserve 2020 / 750 ml.

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RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2022
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 but without the agility of the wines from 2019. 40,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2022. (Luis Gutiérrez)
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2022
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. (Joaquín Hidalgo)

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RP93 93 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (30th Nov 2022)

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 but without the agility of the wines from 2019. 40,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2022. (Luis Gutiérrez)

VN92 92 pts. / Vinous (Nov 2022)

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. (Joaquín Hidalgo)

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Region / Mendoza

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Mendoza is Argentina's largest wine region, and produces a majority of the Argentine wines on the market. Much of the region lies in the foothills of the Andes mountains, and as result Mendoza vineyards are typically located at higher altitudes than most. Mendoza is the epicenter of the Malbec craze that has taken the wine world by storm in recent years, but also produces great examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and other grapes.

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Argentina took the wine world spotlight in the late 20th century with its plush, smooth Malbec. While the popular red grape still reigns supreme, Argentine wineries are increasingly putting forth excellent examples of multiple varietals, all at the extraordinary bargains that make this region so accessible.

Now the fifth largest wine-producing nation in the world, Argentina enjoys high-altitude and low-humidity vineyard sites, comparatively unencumbered by insects and disease. Argentina’s unique terroir has captured the interest of such internationally celebrated winemakers as Paul Hobbs and Michel Rolland, both of whom have projects in the country.

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SKU 63891
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserve
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Product Location - Location-Appellation Uco Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 13.5%
Brand Altos Las Hormigas
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2020
Can it be Shipped Yes
Rating 93.00 pts
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 100% Malbec
Primary Grape Malbec
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
Same Region, Same Vintage, Same Grape
JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Red plums with some crushed-stone and tile undertones. Some graphite and fresh flowers, too. Full-bodied with juicy tannins and a fruity, firm and juicy palate overall. Plenty of malbec character, but tensioned and not heavy. Solid structure. Sustainable. Drink now.
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2022
The 2020 Malbec Reserva from Mendoza is partially aged in used barrels. A vivid purple in hue. The nose displays sour cherry, ripe plum and hints of sweetbrier. It’s indulgent and juicy in the mouth with reactive tannins that corset the flow before oaky flavors develop at the end. A well-made, refreshing wine in spite of the warm year. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2022
A plump red, with juicy berry and plum flavors and subtle herb and slate notes, which fold in around suave tannins on the finish. Drink now. 100,000 cases made, 27,000 cases imported. (Aaron Romano)
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RP90+90+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2022
The red 2020 Malbec Clásico was produced with 80% grapes from Luján de Cuyo and 20% grapes from Valle de Uco, mostly their own grapes, all in stainless steel and vinified by plot with their native yeasts. It matured in concrete for nine months. It’s ripe without excess and develops a full array of aromas and flavors but keeping 13.5% alcohol, very fresh for the warm year. It’s juicy, complex beyond fruit, a little herbal, medium-bodied and with very fine tannins. It’s clean, expressive and open, a wine that has to be approachable from when you pull the cork. They are working to increase the drinkability, which will be seen more and more in the following years. This represents the largest part of their production with some 500,000 bottles. There are different bottlings. (Luis Gutiérrez)
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2022
The 2020 Malbec Clásico is 75% from Luján de Cuyo and 25% from the Uco Valley. A mild purple hue. Considering the year, the nose presents notes of quite fresh plum with hints of herbs, syrup and floral aromas. In the mouth, it has good volume, firm, grippy tannins and an expansive flow before the ripe finish. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Nice sour cherries with a streak of white pepper and violets. Medium-bodied, but fleshy. Ripe, almost creamy tannins extend to the finish, but are still juicy and vibrant. Not complex, but so balanced and easy to drink. Drink now.
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BenMarco Malbec 2020 / 750 ml.

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 17122

JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Nimble blackberries and sweet blueberries, minerals, graphite and black chocolate on the nose. This is a beautifully poised red with a linear, medium-bodied palate. Polished and driven. Delicious now. Drink or hold.
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JS9898 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Perfumed and seductive nose of purple plums, blueberries, dried roses, violets, lemon zest, chocolate, truffles and cigar box. It’s full-bodied, yet so elegant and weightless. Seamless, finely knit tannins. Beautiful, lengthy finish. Try from 2024.
RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2022
The 2020 Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino follows the path of the 2019, harvested early and fermented with 100% full clusters in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak vats and some barrels for 12 to 18 months. It’s juicy, powerful and with abundant tannins and a slight earthiness. It’s a little more voluptuous and mixes grapes from Angélica (Lunlunta) and some from Nicasia (Altamira). 45,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2021. (Luis Gutiérrez)
WS9494 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 10/22
The gothic label, drawn by Rick Shaefer, depicts malbec’s journey to Argentina through four women, from its ancestral home in Cahors under the stewardship of Eleanor of Aquitaine to its new world home in the Catena family’s vineyards. This wine hails from a mass selection of ungrafted malbec vines planted during the 1920s in the Angélica Vineyard; the original plant material arrived from France before that country’s 19th century bout with phylloxera. A second mass selection from these vines was planted in the Nicasia Vineyard in 1996. It ferments in new French oak, including 20 percent of the fruit as whole bunches, pointing up the purple-blue-black fruit complexity that grounds the wine while an airy whipped-coffee edge adds levity. Rich and intense but not heavy, this will reward years of cellaring, but it’s hard to feel too bad about opening a bottle now when it tastes this good.
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The red blend 2013 Estate Selection is mostly Malbec from Gualtallary (60%) and the rest Cabernet and Syrah from Altamira, which together with the vintage conditions might explain the freshness and different profile, definitively less ripe and oaky than in the past. The rest of the blend is 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah. This is a very spicy, high pitched red with good balance between elegance and power, ripe without any excess. This is a wine that is easy to drink, a priority in the winery as they felt that the very extracted and oaky wines from the past were difficult to drink. The whole of Mendoza is harvesting earlier and producing fresher wines, but the risk is to do it too early and produce green wine. Great acidity and very polished tannins. 90,000 bottles.
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The red 2020 Malbec Clásico was produced with 80% grapes from Luján de Cuyo and 20% grapes from Valle de Uco, mostly their own grapes, all in stainless steel and vinified by plot with their native yeasts. It matured in concrete for nine months. It’s ripe without excess and develops a full array of aromas and flavors but keeping 13.5% alcohol, very fresh for the warm year. It’s juicy, complex beyond fruit, a little herbal, medium-bodied and with very fine tannins. It’s clean, expressive and open, a wine that has to be approachable from when you pull the cork. They are working to increase the drinkability, which will be seen more and more in the following years. This represents the largest part of their production with some 500,000 bottles. There are different bottlings. (Luis Gutiérrez)
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The 2020 Malbec Clásico is 75% from Luján de Cuyo and 25% from the Uco Valley. A mild purple hue. Considering the year, the nose presents notes of quite fresh plum with hints of herbs, syrup and floral aromas. In the mouth, it has good volume, firm, grippy tannins and an expansive flow before the ripe finish. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
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