2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserve, Mendoza (750ml)

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# ARALMA14BE
Country: Argentina
Region: Mendoza
Grape Varietal: Malbec
Review Score: 93WA
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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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. To me this wine should be the one called terroir, and the previous wine should be the 'reserve'—this feels purer. But there you go. 80,760 bottles produced.

93 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 228 - Dec 2016)