Altos Las Hormigas

Wine from Mendoza is more than just Malbec: it is the reflection of a know-how, a tradition and an origin. Founded in 1995 by a consortium of prominent Italian winemakers, including Alberto Antonini of Antinori and Antonio Morescalchi, Altos Las Hormigas has always been evolving. Their Terroir Project is working towards the creation of an appellation system in Mendoza, while showing Malbec's diversity of expression according to its origin. Based on this philosophy, their portfolio shows the tremendous versatility of the Malbec, from fresh, fruit driven Mendoza Clásico from Lujan de Cuyo to the structured and mineral Malbec Reserve from the Uco Valley. Along with Malbec, Altos Las Hormigas has been crafting Bonarda for 10 years, Argentina's second most planted variety. They display its joyful and delicate nature under the classic line Colonia Las Liebres.

In 2012, Altos Las Hormigas took a significant step in their ongoing evolution from boutique value winery to the terroir-driven, serious player in the world of Malbec that they are today. After seeing the potential for wines of consequence in the Uco Valley, the team decided to stop using new oak and small barriques for all of their wines; instead going with older, untoasted, large oak foudres across the board. This decision has allowed for much more expression and elegance, especially on the sublime Appellation series of Malbec, which features the limestone-driven Uco Valley sites of Gualtallary, Altamira, and Vista Flores.

They've teamed up over the past decade with Pedro Parra, PhD in Terroir, to use various techniques to find both the ideal sites for their wines as well as a way to measure the ideal ripeness of their fruit. With Parra's guidance, the team at Altos Las Hormigas has dug over 1,500 soil pits in the Uco Valley, chasing the chalky Mendoza gold that is limestone, which imparts a beautiful minerality to Malbec. In Gualtallary, Altamira, and Vista Flores, they have found the limestone trail, where the vineyards have shallow topsoil and the vines dive deep into the calcareous mother rock. They also use electromagnetism to map out the soil depth of their vineyard sites so that they can avoid picking a whole block where, due to the warm and hilly vineyards of Mendoza, there may be some underripe and overripe grapes in addition to the ideally ripe grapes. Instead, they use that information to harvest in irregular polygons, and pick the fruit with ideal ripeness in every section.

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Altos 'Guatallary' Malbec 2016
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 "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
Item Number: 30157
Bottle:$33.95
Case: $203.70
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Altos 'Altamira' Malbec 2015
96  Tim Atkin 
Tim Atkins 96 Master of Wine "“The Altos team only made one Appellation wine in 2015, alas, but it’s still a very impressive release, sourced from a single grower in Paraje Altamira. Subtle oak, aromas of orange zest and avatar of roses, crunchy blackberry fruit, fine tannins and wonderful
Item Number: 27407
Bottle:$34.95
Case: $209.70
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Altos las Hormigas 'Terroir' Malbec 2015
89  James Suckling 
James Suckling 89 "A fresh and clean wine with berries, lemons and hints of stones. A medium body and a delicate finish. Drink now. Publish Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017"  Descorchados 92  VINEYARD 100% Uco Valley. Grapes are harvested by hand from a blend of high density vineyards located
Item Number: 26620
Bottle:$12.95
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Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2017
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89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 "The young and unoaked 2017 Malbec Clásico was cropped from a transition year between El Niño and La Niña and was produced mainly with grapes from Luján de Cuyo. It fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts and aged in concrete vats for no less than nine months. I find it to
Item Number: 23687
Bottle:$8.95
Case: $107.40
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Altos 'Hormigas Reserva' Malbec 2014
93  Tim Atkin 
Wine Advocate 93 "There is quite a jump in price for the 2014 Malbec Reserve. Here the grapes are grown on chalky soils with round stones in Altamira, Gualtallary and a touch of Vista Flores (that they are not using anymore) that fermented with indigenous yeasts and without any acid correction. The
Item Number: 23511
Bottle:$22.95
Case: $275.40
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Altos 'Colonia Las Liebres' Bonarda 2017
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92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "Bold and super-fresh (slight reduction) this is an extremely expressive red with attractive cherry, blueberry, herbal and savory notes. You need to like tannins and acidity to get excited about this, but their interplay is exciting. A great food wine. Drink or hold. Publish
Item Number: 15629
Bottle:$7.95
Case: $95.40
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Altos 'Guatallary' Malbec 2014
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "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

Altos 'Altamira' Malbec 2014
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "There are two separate wines from appellations in the Uco Valley, one of them the 2014 Malbec Appellation Altamira that comes from one appellation that has been officially named Paraje Altamira. This is a delicate Malbec from a low-yielding vintage, with up to 30% less grapes than

Altos las Hormigas 'Terroir' Malbec 2014
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90  Wine Advocate 
Tim Atkins (Master of Wine) 92 "Tim Atkin wrote: “Like all of the Altos reds, this Gualtallary Malbec shows very little oak on the nose or palate. Sappy, tangy and low in alcohol, with some limestone-derived minerality, supple raspberry and red cherry fruit and a balanced, tangy finish. Continues

Altos 'Vista Flores' Malbec 2013
93  Tim Atkin 
Wine Advocate 93 "he spicier of the appellation Malbecs might be the 2013 Malbec Appellation Vista Flores, also a little riper with juicy cherries and hints of cassis intermixed with the flowery aromas and the elegant minerality found in all of the range. The palate is silky and juicy, very

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2014
91  Tim Atkin 
Wine Advocate 89 "The juicy and unoaked 2014 Malbec Clásico has a captivating, perfumed nose of violets, lilies and ripe cherries. It's all berries and flowers with a juicy palate. This is simply delicious and a real bargain for the quality it delivers. One to buy by the case. Bravo!"  Tim Atkins

Altos las Hormigas 'Terroir' Malbec 2013
90  James Suckling 
James Suckling 90 "A spicy and fruity malbec. Shows the new style that people like. And an excellent price. Drink and enjoy."  " Valle de Uco Terroir - Comes exclusively from Valle de Uco Vineyards, with elevation above 900 meters, stony soils with good drainage, which delivers the typical

Altos 'Hormigas Reserva' Malbec 2013
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94  James Suckling 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2013 Malbec Reserva is sourced from Vista Flores and Chacayes in the Valle de Uco where they look for calcareous soils on the alluvial terraces of the Arroyo Grande river. The wine matured in untoasted 3,500-liter oak foudres for 18 months. The wine has the bright red fruit

Altos 'Altamira' Malbec 2013
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "Seeing the differences between the Appellation Malbecs in 2013 is splitting hairs. The 2013 Malbec Appellation Altamira is sourced from the alluvial terraces of the Tunuyán River in Altamira where the soils are very rich in calcium carbonate, the ideal for Altos las Hormigas in

Altos 'Guatallary' Malbec 2013
96  Tim Atkin 
Tim Atkins 96 Master of Wine  “The most aromatic and the most refined of Altos’ sub-regional Malbecs, this is sourced from comparatively young vineyards. Scented, subtle and very chalky, it’s a classic example of a new style of Argentinean Malbec. Textured and very pure, this is classy winemaking

Altos las Hormigas 'Terroir' Malbec 2012
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2012 Malbec Terroir is produced from fruit sourced from different calcareous vineyards within the Uco Valley, I see a jump in freshness, despite the warmer vintage. The fruit is redder, with notes of cherries and hints of curry and other spices, very fluid and fresh. Great

Altos 'Hormigas Reserva' Malbec 2012
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2012 Malbec Reserva is a blend of their best calcareous grapes from the Uco Valley. Again there is a big jump, the wine is bright cherry-colored, with a fresh, red fruit nose with hints of raspberries. Although very subtle, there seems to be a change in texture, because about

Altos 'Vista Flores' Malbec 2012
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92-94 "“The 2012 Malbec Appellation Vista Flores is produced from 100% Malbec from four different vineyards in Vista Flores in the Uco Valley. The 2012 transcends the vintage and feels really fresh, aromatic, and showy, lots of violets, spice and herbs, medium-bodied, with

Altos 'Altamira' Malbec 2012
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93-95 “The 2012 Malbec Appellation Altamira is produced from 100% Malbec from four different vineyards in Altamira in the Uco Valley, two of them new and two old, aged in foudres. It has superb delineation and purity, with a strong mineral sensation that transcends the red fruit

Altos 'Guatallary' Malbec 2012
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94-96 "The 2012 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary is produced from 100% Malbec from three different vineyards in Gualtallary, the most calcareous zone within Tupungato in the Uco Valley, a more austere and mineral wine than the Altamira, which feels a little more exuberant. This is

Altos 'Terroir' Malbec 2011
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Lithe and open-textured, offering notes of paprika and dark chocolate to the dark plum, cherry and boysenberry flavors. This boasts an ironclad structure, showing accents of hot stone and sandalwood on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 7,000 cases made. –KM"  " Valle de Uco

Altos Las Hormigas 'Reserva' Malbec 2011
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 Top 100 # 42 "Concentrated and cut, displaying layers of macerated blueberry, cassis, black peppercorn and flint on a full frame. Silky tannins and undertones of game and mocha line the savory finish. Drink now through 2020. 6,500 cases made. –NW"  Wine Information: The Altos

Altos las Hormigas 'Reserva' Malbec 2009
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Concentrated and cut, displaying layers of macerated blueberry, cassis, black peppercorn and flint on a full frame. Silky tannins and undertones of game and mocha line the savory finish. Drink now through 2020. 6,500 cases made. —N.W"  Stephen Tanzer 90 "Ruby-red. Good spicy

Alto 'Los Romeros' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
"In Colchagua, the warm, dry climate allows Altos los Romeros' Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen thoroughly and develop rich red fruit, berry, black currant, and fig aromas. A light pleasent eucalyptus edge lends freshness. Complex notes of tobacco, chocolate, pencil lead, incense, and leather round out

Altos 'Terroir' Malbec 2010
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90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 Smart Buys "A dark red, with bright acidity supporting juicy blackberry, currant and blueberry notes that pick up hints of wild flowers, hot stone and tar. Shows nice range and cut. Drink now. 4,000 cases imported." ~ NW  "Valle de Uco Terroir - Comes exclusively from Valle de