Alta Vista Malbec 2011
Alta Vista’s Classic Malbec exhibits the true character of its grape variety. Fresh and intense, this wine’s aromas and flavors provide an excellent introduction to the fresh, fruit-forward characteristics and overall quality of wines from Argentina. After fermentation, the wine undergoes 10 days of extended maceration to enhance volume and quality of the tannins. The wine is aged in American oak for 6 months.
Award Winning Wine Dallas Morning News 2011 vintage
The unusual 2011 vintage saw good winter rains in Mendoza. After a very dry September, a gentle spring brought one of the best flowering periods in recent years, especially for Malbec. December and January were comparable to '05, a notably cold vintage. February was the rainiest in decades, equaling Mendoza’s average rainfall for a year. Unusually cloudy conditions lowered average temperatures by 1°C. Rain ended in April, and the “Indian summer's” warm conditions accentuated wide day/night temperature shifts, helping acidity and balance. Frost brought random damage to some plots. After a mid-February start, most grapes were harvested from mid-April to early May and yields were a low 2.5 tons/acre. Red wines are very good to exceptional. Acidity levels are the highest recorded in Alta Vista history. A perfect March and warm April let grapes reach optimal ripeness. 2011 is similar to 2006 (fleshy, rich) and 2007 (acidity and no overripe fruit).
Shows intense aromas of plum, black cherry and exotic spices, with notes of coffee and vanilla from the oak barrels. The flavors on the palate are fresh, with good structure and soft tannins, and the finish is full and concentrated, with spice notes.
This wine is quite approachable, fun and easy-to-drink, perfect for every-day consumption and for relaxed, casual foods like Panini sandwiches, pizza and beef or pork empanadas.
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
ACIDITY: 5.72 g/l
AGING: Aged in American oak for 6 months.
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
• Perfect introduction to the best of Argentina.
• Great value
• All grapes are hand-harvested
• Fruit-forward and approachable
• Made for everyday consumption