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2012 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clasico Mendoza
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87 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

Bright full red.  Blackberry, plum, currant and red licorice on the somewhat reduced nose.  Juicy, spicy and firm-edged, with a medicinal cast to the dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors.  Good honest wine with moderate depth and pliancy and a slightly green quality to the aftertaste.

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About Argentina

Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.


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Malbec

The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina.
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