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2014 ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS MALBEC "GUALTALLARY" 750ML
2014 ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS MALBEC "GUALTALLARY" 750ML
 
Case Price $36.99
Bottle Price $39.99
Year 2014
Size 750ML
Color Red
Varietal Malbec
Country Argentina

Product Code: 2813113
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RATINGS: 95pts Parkers WA; 97pts Tim Atkin

This is truly World Class, as good as red wine gets at a tremendous buy in for what's in the bottle. This wine has it all, massive scores, great wine makers and vineyard managers and from what many people believe to be the finest area in all of Argentina for red wine. The wine is the 2014 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec "Gualtallary", receiving 95pts by Parker and 97pts by MW Tim Atkin. The dream team behind the wine are Alberto Antonini who was selected as one of the top 10 most influential wine consultants on the planet, ranking him right up next to Paul Hobbs, Michel Rolland and Stephane Derenoncourt. Next is Attilio Pagli who makes my favorite Brunello, the multi 100 point Valdicava Brunello Madonna Riserva. Lastly Pedro Parra who is recognized as the greatest vineyard manager in Argentina. Gualtallary is the highest elevation in the famous Uco Valley. The sweet spot, the greatest vineyard where the best wines come from. The resulting wine is big red perfection that is yours under $40 a bottle. I will be cellaring a case of this wine. This is the kind of wine that if you lay down and try it down the road, it will blow you away and when you see how little you paid for it, it's going to taste even better, if that's possible.

TASTING NOTES: Wine Advocate: 95 points "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. I was a little disappointed with the performance of this wine in 2013 and was looking forward to 2014. The soils here are rich in calcium carnate, 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. 9,333 bottles produced." -Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

97 pts. Tim Atkin MW: "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."
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