2016 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Gualtallary. 97 points.
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Gualtallary. 95 points.
Luis Gutiérrez wrote: “The other appellation Malbec comes from the hottest place (not in temperature, but in terms of market demand) in the Valle de Uco, where the grapes for the 2014 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary are grown. This is significantly cheaper than most wines of this quality. (…) The soils here are rich in calcium carbonate, but in the shape of caliche (a kind of marl with plenty of chalky material, iron and clay), which provide for more tannic wines. The destemmed grapes fermented in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts without the use of any pumps. The wine matured in used, untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for a period of some 18 months. It feels fresher, perhaps a little herbal and definitely more ethereal than the Altamira. Yes, it’s more tannic, because the tannins are abundant, but they feel very fine-grained. This year I favor Gualtallary over Altamira. There is more complexity here.”
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Altamira. 94 points.
Luis Gutiérrez wrote: “There are two separate wines from appellations in the Uco Valley, one of them the 2014 Malbec Appellation Altamira that comes from one appellation that has been officially named Paraje Altamira. This is a delicate Malbec from a low-yielding vintage, with up to 30% less grapes than the average, due to frost. The vines are located at 1,200 meters altitude on stony and chalky soils and the grapes fermented in small cement vats with indigenous yeasts, with punching down of the cap but without any pumping over. The wine matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 18 months and was kept in bottle for one year before being released. Even if the foudres are the same as those used for the Gualtallary, the oak feels more present here. There are some spicy aromas over a core of red fruit, and notions of wet stones. There is more volume here than in the Gualtallary, and the tannins are more present, it fills your mouth and leaves an earthy sensation. Great price for the quality it delivers.”
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserve. 93 points.
Luis Gutiérrez wrote: “There is quite a jump in price for the 2014 Malbec Reserve. Here the grapes are grown on chalky soils with round stones in Altamira, Gualtallary and a touch of Vista Flores (that they are not using anymore) that fermented with indigenous yeasts and without any acid correction. The wine was aged in untoasted 3,500-liter oak foudres for 16 months. There is also a jump in quality, a serious wine where the minerality and freshness rule. This wine will please more advanced drinkers, with its subtle minerality, its balance and tasty, almost salty finish. This is a sleek, fine and elegant representation of the limestone soils of the Valle de Uco.”
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Terroir. 90 points.
Luis Gutiérrez wrote: “The grapes for the 2014 Malbec Terroir are sourced from the cooler Valle de Uco within Mendoza, from Tupungato Winelands in Gualtallary, to be precise, where they have very stony soils. 2014 saw a lot of rain—in three weeks they got the equivalent of two years of rainfall—and they decided to harvest earlier to keep the acidity, aiming for lower alcohol and finer tannins. Half of the wine was kept in concrete, while the remaining half was put equal parts in stainless steel and 3,500-liter, mostly untoasted oak foudres for one year. There is good balance between volume and minerality here, between ripeness and subtlety.”
Elin McCoy describes the new style of Argentine Malbec in this piece that also includes a review of our 2013 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary: “The group of Italian winemakers who founded the winery changed direction with the 2012 vintage. Fresh and bright, with floral aromas and deep, deep mineral flavors, this medium-bodied red from vineyards at 1,300 meters above sea level delivers a very serious wine for the price.”
Andrew Jefford writes on the Financial Times about our #Malbec from Cahors… “These are dark, pure, fragrant and nervy red wines with a finegrained but nonetheless palpable textural presence and sustained acidity. The acidity is ripe and fruitbonded: the wines drink well (…) None are oaked; all are aged in concrete, to maximise vineyard character.”Download the complete article in PDF here
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Altamira. 92 Points.
We reproduce Fabricio Portelli’s comments in the original language they were published, to respect his exact thoughts on the wine: “Ante todo un Malbec, por donde se lo sienta. Compacto y prolijo, con taninos firmes y pulidos. Buena fruta roja para nada sobre actuada, con especias y una agradable frescura. Paladar con fuerza y energía, una muy buena textura con firmeza. Un vino con potencial y fineza, en el que las notas de fruta roja conviven con las de crianza durante 18 meses en foudres de 3500, pero su carácter habla más del lugar. Beber entre 2016 y 2020.”
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clásico. 90 Points.
DJ Kearney wrote: “The mantra at Altos las Hormigas is less Malbec, more Argentina: the idea is that fastidious farming on carefully chosen high altitude limestone terroirs might produce more complex and distinctive wines. And here we have one fresh juicy and minerally, lithe and finely tuned, with a lovely herbal pungency. This is a beautifully balanced wine that deserves lots of smoky asado and lots of good friends to share it with.’’
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Altamira. 92 points.
Markus del Monego wrote: “Deep purple red with violet hue and black core. A rich and complex nose with aroma reminiscent of oak spices, gingerbread, incense, blackberries and wisteria. On the palate rich with mature tannins, excellent lenght, spicy finish and elegant acidity.”
Stephen Tanzer wrote: “Bright red-ruby. Pungent limestone lift to the aromas of black raspberry, licorice, leather, coffee and smoked meat. Finegrained in texture, offering excellent energy and definition. By far the stoniest and oakiest of these appellation bottlings, finishing firmly tannic and long, with excellent energy and lift. A tightly wound Malbec with limited easy sweetness in the early going owing to its strong minerality”.
Stephen Tanzer wrote: “Bright red-ruby. More primary and brisk on the nose than the Vista Flores bottling, with dark berry aromas accented by violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Ripe and suave but with a youthful medicinal reserve; more primary than the Vista Flores but with no rough edges showing. Finishes with firm, smooth tannins and very good length. Ultimately sweeter on the end than the Vista Flores”.
Stephen Tanzer wrote: “Moderately saturated medium red. Slightly reduced aromas of redcurrant, plum and leather lifted by a topnote of dried flowers. Suave, fine-grained and alive, conveying attractive finesse of texture to its mellow plum and redcurrant flavors lifted by spices. Not particularly primary but shows an enticing light touch and seductive restrained sweetness. Finishes with suave tannins and very good length. A lovely laid-back Malbec without excesses”.
Stephen Tanzer wrote: “Bright red-ruby. Deep, reduced aromas of currant, crushed blackberry, leather and mocha. Plush, sweet and deep, with a seductive tactile quality to its flavors of plum, currant, tobacco and mocha. Fatter than the Gualtallary Malbec and easier to taste now. While it may not have as much energy for the long term, it offers superb texture without heaviness as well as lovely length”.
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Gualtallary. 97 Points.
Tim Atkin wrote: “Focused, intense and typically chalky, this is polished and well balanced with intense blackberry and orange peel notes, understated oak and a finish that lingers for over a minute on the palate. Essence of the upper Uco Valley.”
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Altamira. 94 Points.
Tim Atkin wrote:”Showing the focus, perfume and grip that are a feature of many Altamira wines, this has bright acidity, sappy tannins, barely discernible oak, dark blackberry and damson fruit and typically chalky minerality. Brilliant and brave winemaking from the Chilean-Italian Altos crew.”
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserve. 93 Points.
Tim Atkin wrote: “Combining grapes from three Uco Valley sources, all of them on limestone soils in Paraje Altamira, Vista Flores and Gualtallary, this is another focused, balanced, refreshing red from the Altos team. Crunchy blackberry fruit, pepper spice and understated oak with a savoury, umami-like undertone.”
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Terroir. 92 Points.
Tim Atkin wrote: “Like all of the Altos reds, this Gualtallary Malbec shows very little oak on the nose or palate.
Sappy, tangy and low in alcohol, with some limestone-derived minerality, supple raspberry and red cherry fruit and a balanced, tangy finish. Continues the winery’s move towards greater elegance.”
2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clásico. 91 Points.
Tim Atkin wrote: “The ‘classic’ Malbec, as it’s known at Altos, is a 60,000 case blend, all of it from Medrano in
eastern Mendoza. Picked early to preserve acidity, it includes some whole bunches, but very little oak influence, resulting in a red that is spicy, juicy, refreshing and very drinkable.”
The article, entitled “To Move Beyond Malbec, Look Below the Surface”, highlights the efforts of the Altos Las Hormigas team that, along with terroir-specialist Pedro Parra, work on discovering the best soils to express their unique characteristics on each of our wines.
Decanter Magazine, Feb. 2016. Andrew Jefford describes the adventure of the Altos Las Hormigas team making wine in Cahors, France. In an interview with Antonio Morescalchi, he digs into the story that made the creation of the wines Causse du Théron, Causse des Ons and Causse du Vidot possible.
Alberto Antonini discusses ALH history, philosophy and our future.Download Article Here
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Gold Medal: Malbec Clásico 2013Download Press Clipping Here
Malbec Clásico 2013: Best for Barbeque
“Italian-Argentinian co-production Altos Las Hormigas is making some of the best Malbecs around, and this vivacious bottling perfectly encapulates the variety’s charms: fragrant, floral, succulent and fleshy but with all the required depth and tannic structure for an asado (South American barbecue).Download Press Clipping Here
Appellation Vista Flores 2011: 92 Points
The 2011 Malbec Appellation Vista Flores is produced from 100% Malbec from Vista Flores in the Uco Valley, in a new zone closer to the mountains, which is fresher. There is a huge change in this vintage. I don’t feel the oak at all; the wine is aromatic, expressive and mineral. The palate is really fresh, and juicy with a silky texture and very lively flavors of violets and ripe blue fruit, with some tannins to be polished.Download Press Clipping Here
Malbec Terroir 2012: 91 Points
The 2012 Malbec Terroir is produced from fruit sourced from different calcareous vineyards within the Uco Valley, I see a jump in freshness, despite the warmer vintage. The fruit is redder, with notes of cherries and hints of curry and other spices, very fluid and fresh. Great value and great Malbec.Download Press Clipping Here
Malbec Reserve 2012: 90 Points
The 2012 Malbec Reserva is a blend of their best calcareous grapes from the Uco Valley. Again there is a big jump, the wine is bright cherry-colored, with a fresh, red fruit nose with hints of raspberries. Although very subtle, there seems to be a change in texture, because about 15% of the bunches are fermented with the stem, but the rest of the grapes are not crushed and moved by gravity, while before they were crushed and moved with pumps. This 2012 was aged in foudres for one year (while the 2011 was still in 225-liter barrique). It is still young, but is drinkable and starting to develop complexity. A big change for this wine; superb value for money!Download Press Clipping Here
Appellation Vista Flores 2009: 89 Points
The 2009 Malbec Appellation Vista Flores is produced from 100% Malbec from Vista Flores in the Uco Valley. Malolactic was carried out in oak barrels, where the wine aged for 36 months. This is a dark-colored, serious wine with reticent aromas that require coaxing to show ripe black fruit. The palate shows good integration of the wood, with supple tannins and juicy fruit, with the oak-inflicted flavors making a comeback in the slightly warm aftertaste. This is a big wine that would benefit from some more time in bottle. One of the last big wines in the old style from Alto las Hormigas.Download Press Clipping Here
Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2012: 88 Points
Same as Clasico, the other wine from Medrano is the 2012 Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda, a very reliable unoaked, juicy Bonarda that is still very young, with some reductive aromas of meat broth that would benefit from energetic decanting that would reveal ripe red fruit and red licorice aromas. The round palate shows balance and good integration. Very drinkable and accessible. A crowd pleaser at a great price.Download Press Clipping Here
Malbec Terroir 2011: 88 Points
The 2011 Malbec Terroir is produced from fruit sourced from different calcareous vineyards within the Uco Valley. Its nose opens with notes of sweet spices to reveal a core of fresh red fruit. The medium-bodied palate shows pungent flavors of violets and Morello cherries sustained by great acidity. A great commercial wine at a good price.Download Press Clipping Here
Malbec Reserve 2011: 87 Points
The 2011 Malbec Reserva is a blend of their best calcareous grapes from the Uco Valley. It is dark cherry-colored, with a nose dominated by wood aromas, nutmeg, clove, toasted bread and vanilla with a distant core of ripe fruit. The palate reveals abundant fine-grained tannins and good acidity, so the wine should come together with some time in bottle.Download Press Clipping Here
Malbec Clásico 2013: 87 Points
Malbec Clasico, a fresh, unoaked Malbec from Medrano in Lujan de Cuyo, with a bright ruby color and notes of red fruit, and piercing acidity. Pleasant, highly drinkable and enjoyable. One for the table. Only 13.7% alcohol, which is quite remarkable for a relatively warm region. Around one million bottles produced. Superb value. Drink now.Download Press Clipping Here
Appellation Gualtallary 2012: 94-96 Points
The 2012 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary is produced from 100% Malbec from three different vineyards in Gualtallary, the most calcareous zone within Tupungato in the Uco Valley, a more austere and mineral wine than the Altamira, which feels a little more exuberant. This is restrained and mineral, serious, deep and with imperceptible oak (aged in 3,500-liter foudres). A tour de force Malbec in one of the (if not the) highest potential regions in Argentina. At this quality level this is a real bargain.Download Press Clipping Here
Appellation Vista Flores 2012: 92-94 Points
The 2012 Malbec Appellation Vista Flores is produced from 100% Malbec from four different vineyards in Vista Flores in the Uco Valley. The 2012 again transcends the vintage and feels really fresh, aromatic, and showy, lots of violets, spice and herbs, medium-bodied, with sophisticated tannins, very drinkable. Drink 2015-2020. est potential regions in Argentina. At this quality level this is a real bargain.Download Press Clipping Here
Appellation Altamira 2012: 93-95 Points
The 2012 Malbec Appellation Altamira is produced from 100% Malbec from four different vineyards in Altamira in the Uco Valley, two of them new and two old, aged in foudres. It has superb delineation and purity, with a strong mineral sensation that transcends the red fruit (cherries) and the subtle spicy tones, with great persistence and balance. The oak here is perfectly integrated, despite the 3,500-liter foudres being new, but they were untoasted. If I felt a difference with the 2011s, the jump to 2012s is stratospheric. A tour de force Malbec.Download Press Clipping Here
2012 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Vistaflores. 96 Points.
The richest and most powerful of the three terroir bottlings from Altos (as you’d expect from Vistaflores), this has added weight and sweetness as well as limestone-derived freshness from the Arroyo Grande. It’s a Vistaflores wine, but with elements of Gualtallary, too. These are still comparatively young vines. Imagine how good this wine will be in 20 years’ time… Drink: 2015-22
2012 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Gualtallary. 96 Points.
Wilder and more herbal than the Altamira bottling from Altos, this has a garrigue-like perfume of wild herbs that wouldn’t look out of place in the south of France. Extreme and almost austere on the palate, this has acidity, minerality and palate length in abundance. Drink: 2015-22
2012 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Altamira. 96 Points.
The single vineyard releases from Altos won’t hit the market for another year or so, but they are so good that I can’t resist writing about them now. This is hauntingly perfumed and fresh with violets and spices on the nose, deftly integrated oak, flavours of liquorice, damson and blackberry and a zesty, chalk-infused tang. Drink: 2015-22
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For the fourth time in our history, Altos Las Hormigas is included in the prestigious Wine Spectator Top 100 – a selection of the most exciting wines on the market. “Concentrated and cut, displaying layers of macerated blueberry, cassis, black peppercorn and flint on a full frame. Silky tannins and undertones of game and mocha line the savory finish. Drink now through 2020”. —N.W.Download the press clipping here.
Not only did Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clásico win a gold medal from the Decanter magazine: its Trophy ranks it first in its category, as the best Argentinian malbec under £15.Download the press clipping here.
Bright, saturated ruby. Deep, pure but youthfully imploded aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet, minerals and licorice. Thick and dense but tightly wound, showing an incredibly primary dark fruit character in light of its extended elevage. This youthfully firm-edged wine’s tannic spine calls for at least another three to five years of patience; it should last for a decade or two. Showing less early sweetness than the 2006 version, but I like its floral lift on the back end.Download the press clipping here.
Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards 2013
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For high quality at low prices, these wines are the world’s best. There’s no reason to skimp on quality when your budget calls for bargain-priced wines. Wine Spectator selects the 100 Outstanding Values of 2012 with the highest quality-to-price ratios available on the market today. Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Terroir. 90 Points. $18.
Vancouver Magazine selected Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clásico 2012 among its Top Red Wines for 2014!Download the press clipping here.
Altos Las Hormigas has received 93 points from the Wine Spectator for the Malbec Single Vineyard Vista Flores 2007 in the October 31st, 2012 issue.
Concentrated and polished, this dark red exhibits a deep well of macerated blackberry, cassis and plum skin notes supported by full yet fine-grained tannins and ample acidity, which keeps the long, licorice- and mineral-accented finish moving. Drink now through 2017. 200 cases imported. –NWDownload the press clipping here.
91 points. 2010 Malbec Terroir. Alberto Antonini draws on different fruit sources in the Uco Valley to achieve the balance he’s after in this wine. A third of the wine is unoaked, and the result is a subtle Malbec, rather than a fruit bomb, showing welcome minerality, subtle oak, cherry and blackberry fruit and appealing length and complexity.
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93 Points. 2006 Altos Las Hormigas Single Vineyard Malbec. Italian Alberto Antonini seems to have a special understanding of Malbec in Argentina. This deeply coloured, structured red from Vista Flores is built to last and is ageing gracefully: concentrated, savoury/sweet, with flavours of plum and blueberry, subtle oak and a fresh, palate-cleansing finish.estst
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Wine Spectator’s Advance: the 2010 Malbec Terroir receives 90 pts and listed as a Smart Buy in next month’s issue. “A dark red, with bright acidity supporting juicy blackberry, currant and blueberry notes that pick up hints of wild flowers, hot stone and tar. Shows nice range and cut.”Download the press clipping here.
Best Buy for Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clasico 2011. “The 2011 follows an excellent 2010, offering a fragrant mix of red and black fruit flavours flecked with smoky dried herb notes. The textures are ultra-silky; the style is Euro classy. Serve for dinner all week long. Great value. (AG)”Download the press clipping here.
The Altos Los Hormigas Clasico Malbec 2011 is grown at or above 800 metres on mostly low vigour soils in the Valle de Uco, Mendoza. The 2011 follows the excellent 2010, once again offering a fragrant mix of red and black fruit flavours flecked with smoky dried herbs notes. Textures are ultra-silky; the style Euro-classy. Serve for dinner. Great value. Price: $16. Score: 88/100.Download the press clipping here.
Wine & Spirits Magazine tells the unique story of Pedro Parra’s journey from jazz saxophonist to geologist to international terroir consultant. Written by Patricio Tapia.Download the press clipping here.
“We begin with a terrific little red from Argentina made by acclaimed Italian winemaker Alberto Antonini and company in Mendoza. Antonini is a site-driven, terroir-seeking winemaker whose style is always about less rather than more. Minerality and freshness are major traits of his wines, which almost always seek to be more sophisticated than alcoholic and rich or heavy. A classy, Euro-style red (showing restraint) suitable for a wide variety of grilled meats and birds.” Altos Las Hormigas Clásico Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina. Price: $15. Score: 88/100.Download the press clipping here.
ISSUE 161, MARCH/APRIL 2012
2009 Malbec Reserva Mendoza ($28)
Ruby-red. Good spicy lift to the aromas of blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Pure and focused, with intense dark berry and spice flavors firmed by a solid spine of acidity. Finishes strong and long, with broad but fine tannins. Excellent potential here. 90(+?)
ISSUE 161, MARCH/APRIL 2012
2006 Malbec Single Vineyard Vista Flores ($88)
Saturated deep ruby to the rim. Knockout nose combines black currant, violet and licorice pastille. Sweet and seamless, with terrific intensity and a brisk, high-pitched character to the cassis, violet and licorice flavors. Harmonious acidity gives lift and definition to the mid-palate. For all its immediate appeal, this dense, sweet, impressively concentrated malbec needs time in bottle to soften. Finishes very long and classically dry, with the energy and structure to support a graceful evolution in bottle. 92
“The 2006 Malbec Vista Flores Single Vineyard was aged in new French oak for 12 months and in a second set of new oak barrels for 24 months. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it exhibits a brooding bouquet with notes of exotic spices, sandalwood, incense, lavender, black cherry, and blackberry. Dense, layered, and voluptuous with the oak fully integrated, this lengthy effort mandates 5-6 years of cellaring and has a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2021. “
Altos Las Hormigas’ Malbec Clasico is an annual Best Buy in this journal.Download the press clipping here.
“The 2009 Malbec Terroir was made from a different selection of vineyards but was made with essentially the same elevage. Notions of violets, leather, cedar, and assorted black fruits set the stage for a voluminous, nicely proportioned, succulent Malbec that is an outstanding value. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.”
Altos Las Hormigas’ Malbec Clasico is an annual Best Buy in this journal.Download the press clipping here.
“This is showing well with the extra bottle age, boasting a hefty layer of toast that has begun to meld into the dark fig, blueberry and black licorice notes. Plush through the finish, with extra spice and black tea hints. Malbec. Drink now through 2012. 500 cases made.” –JMDownload the press clipping here.
08 Reserva Malbec Receives 90 Pts from Wine Enthusiast Magazine
“On the oaky side, with toasty aromas of stacked wood, smoke and black fruits lurking below the surface. The palate has the typical piercing juiciness of the 2008 vintage, with bursting flavors of pie cherry and raspberry. Minty and oaky on the finish, with snappy finishing acidity. Drink now through 2012”Download the press clipping here.
“As black as the night in the Uco Valley, this malbec feels tremendous in size and ripeness, yet held high by an acidity that is as powerful as the wine’s dark fruit flavors. Decant it for lamb on the grill.” -90Download the press clipping here.
Altos Las Hormigas’ inaugural 2009 Uco Valley Malbec-Terroir has received 89 points from Wine Spectator.
“Ripe and flashy, with crushed blueberry, fig and blackberry fruit all melded nicely together. A licorice snap note adds length on the finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases made.” –JM.Download the press clipping here.