2016 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Gualtallary, Uco Valley – Mendoza, Argentina

2016 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Gualtallary, Uco Valley – Mendoza, Argentina


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You may remember the 2014 Altos Las Hormigas Gualtallary when I was able to special order it after attending the terroir/limestone seminar by Pedro Parra (WA 95).  This is the new follow up 2016 vintage, and is certainly the only Mendoza proper Malbec ever produced solely from this recently discovered parcel of extremely rare limestone strata.  Only 36 six packs have just arrived in the USA, although I am confident more will be in the pipeline.  This is the highest rated wine ever produced by Altos Las Hormigas which has been a pioneer producer in the region for many years.  See notes below by Luis Gutierrez, one of the world’s most respected palates for Spanish and Argentina/Chile wines.  Personally, I just love this wine for its amazing aromas, refined texture and minerality alone!  This wine exemplifies why limestone is the holy grail for compatible varieties!!

“My favorite of the collection, the 2016 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary is a wild and structured expression of the grape, place and vintage. Produced with grapes grown at 1,300 meters in altitude, it fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and aged in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for some 22 months. It comes from two selected plots in Gualtallary and has a very perfumed nose that is intoxicating, with notes of decayed violets, wild herbs and an earthy touch. The palate is pure chalk, with mineral notes, ultra refined tannins and a dry, tasty finish. This has a similar character to the Reserve, with higher minerality and the added freshness of 2016. This has to be one of the best wines ever produced at Altos Las Hormigas. It has the balance to develop nicely in bottle. 10,208 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2018”. –Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 96 points


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