Friday, May 9, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Altos Las Hormigas Reserva Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Today were trying a complete classic: Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.


Original tasting and review : This is Altos Las Hormigas Reserva Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006, finished at 14.6% alcohol, first sampled eight years from vintage date.

In the glass: Deep black magenta, opaque right to the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows blustery, black plums.  From the aroma, seems like this will be exploding with fruit and alcohol.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact intense, as predicted, but in a big, balanced way.  Not hot with alcohol at all.  Instead, this shows gritty tar, hints of cocoa and tobacco.  Solid dark fruit is very well-robed with substantial tannins.  The finish is subtle at first, but actually builds in tannins and intensity well after you think the sip has ended.  

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for intense power and balance on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. This held up very nicely and easily to its age.  Good value.

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