Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Altos las Hormigas, 2010 Malbec Clásico, Mendoza
As it turned out, this wine, a great find at $10, is a fairly complex drink that combines strong fruit with blackberry and cassis, but is delivered on a wonderful mineral beam giving it a light presence more like a Burgundy rather than a Malbec from Argentina.
It has a rich, purple coloring like grape juice, but despite that it delivers a spicy nose, a little hot with the 14.2 percent alcohol, but the tannin on the finish is smooth and leaves a delicious snap.
I had this with a rib eye steak, mashed potatoes with goat cheese mixed in, and mixed vegetables – a very basic meal. And it was superb!
Seriously, you can’t beat the $10 price, and it wouldn’t surprise me if you could find it a bit cheaper.
I rate this an 8.5 using my scale at the left.