Alta Vista's 2018 Malbec Terroir Selection is a blend of grapes from the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo and was aged for 12 months in 1/3 new barrels. The nose delivers pristine notes of plum and cherry over subtle aromas from the aging process that leave plenty of room for the layer of violets and country herbs. On the palate, the tannins are firm and freshness juicy with a finely grained texture while the finish is intense and packed with fresh fruit.
93 points, Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous (Nov 2021)
Notes of blackberries, plums, dark cherries, stones and violets. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm tannins. Nice acidity adds tension and balance. Well-structured and flavorful with a long finish. Try after 2023.
93 points, James Suckling (May 2021)
The 2018 Terroir Selection Malbec blends grapes from their vineyards in different subzones of Mendoza, 68% of the grapes come from the Albaneve vineyard (Campo de los Andes, Valle de Uco), a little higher this year, 12% come from the Temis vineyard (El Cepillo, Valle de Uco), 10% from the Azamor vineyard (Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo) and 10% from the Alizarine vineyard (Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo), so more grapes from Valle de Uco than before. 2018 was a cooler vintage compared with 2017, and the higher percentage of grapes from Valle de Uco also helped to give the wine more freshness. It fermented in small concrete vats and matured in French oak barrels for 12 months, and the oak feels very integrated. It's clean, fresh and balanced, with varietal and floral aromas, fine-grained tannins and ripe fruit without excess. It has more and more the Valle de Uco profile, especially in the floral notes on the nose. 90,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020.
92+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Mar 2021)
A robust nose on this wine delivers vivid raspberry, currant and blackberry aromas that make for a classy bouquet. The saturated palate runs fairly deep, with dense but manageable fruitiness. Spicy blackberry and currant flavors are backed by toasty oak that finishes with notes of coffee and hard spices. Drink through 2025.
92 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2021)