ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS CLÁSICO MENDOZA MALBEC, ARGENTINA 2020
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Tastes Like: This vintage of the Malbec Clásico is fully representative of Altos Las Hormigas' style -- joyful and fresh. Displaying a bright ruby red color, this wine has a fruity nose of plums and raspberries complemented with herbal notes. The attack shows supple tannins with a balanced acidity that is the secret of the wine's freshness. Notes of crisp red fruits fill the mouth, with a soft texture and a long finish. This is a pleasant wine, ideal to pair with various dishes, from red meats to pasta or grilled vegetables.
Pairs With: Grilled vegetables, Lamb Gyros, Meeting your In-Laws.
What the Pros Say: Robert Parker - 90+ Points: "Their bread-and-butter red 2019 Malbec Clásico wants to show, through an early harvest and an élevage without oak, that not all Malbec from Mendoza is jammy. 2019 was much warmer than 2018, and the grapes developed full flavors like they haven't seen for years. It's mostly grapes from Luján de Cuyo and a small percentage from the Valle de Uco, mostly from their estate vineyards, from parts with limestone in the soils. The hand-harvested grapes fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts, and the wine matured in concrete vats for nine months. It's floral and expressive, clean and varietal, juicy, fruit-driven and very easy to drink."