Alta Vista Single Vineyard Malbec "Alizarine" 2015

$52.00 USD

About the wine

This terroir –located in Lujan de Cuyo– has silty clay soil with a layer of pebbles between 1 and 2 meters deep. Soil here is very poor and permeable. Traditional irrigation system with water coming from The Andes Mountain. The climate is warm and dry, and thanks to the surrounding hills, frost risk is lower in spring, when cold air currents come from Mendoza river. The oldest grapevines of the vineyard date back to 1923 and are pruned using the Single Guyot system. A massal selection provides small and compact clusters.
A manual harvest is carried out in small 17-kilo boxes. Then, grapes are carefully set on a double selection table. After destemming, grapes are placed in 52-hectoliter cement tanks by gravity. Vinification starts with a cold maceration process, and continues with an alcoholic fermentation with regular pigeages to enhance extraction. Vinification finishes with a long maceration process for 30 days.
REGION: Argentina | Mendoza| Luján de Cuyo | Las Compuertas
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
YIELD: 5 kg/ha (4.5 lbs/acre)
PH: 3.59
ACIDITY: 6.45 g/L
ABV: 14.5%
100% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months (2/3 new barrels, 1/3 second use barrels).
From Winemaker Didier Debono:
A deep ruby-colored wine with aromas reminiscent of spices, chocolate, ripe fruit and some animal scents. In the mouth, it has great structure with soft tannins and long finish. It is recommended to decant it and then drink it cool, between 16ºC and 18ºC. (60-64ºF)
Pairs well with pizza, vegetarian or meat lasagna, chicken, pork and grilled or roasted red meats. Try it with dishes featuring roasted pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms, or Italian sausage.

What The Critics Say...

Robert Parker The Wine Advocate 94 Points
As was the case with the other single-vineyard wine from Luján de Cuyo, I also found more freshness and balance in the 2015 Malbec Alizarine than in the 2014. There is less alcohol and more balanced acidity. As the vinification and aging was the same (concrete and 66% new barrels), the differences are due to the vintage, but I think this is more about the vineyard, Las Compuertas, a traditional zone that is being eaten by the city, the cost of land for real estate is too much of a temptation that is hard to resist. The year was cooler, and the wine is fresher and had less alcohol than the 2014 I tasted next to it. Concentration with harmony. This should age nicely in bottle. 6,913 bottles were filled in March 2018. The Wine Advocate

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Alizarine Vineyard

The first single-vineyard wine in Argentina

Less than 7000 bottles produced; less than 200 imported to the US

100-year-old vines

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