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2011 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserve Valle de Uco Mendoza
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2014

Bright medium ruby.  Blacker and more medicinal than the 2011 Malbec Terroir, with a note of reduction to the blackberry and licorice aromas.  Then juicier and more delineated in the mouth, offering good intensity and lift to the dark fruit, licorice and mineral flavors.  There's a bit of porty chocolate here but this wine boasts good energy and depth.  Finishes firm and bright, with serious tannic spine and noteworthy length.  Less easygoing today than the Terroir bottling.

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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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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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