Wino Wednesday :: Altos Las Hormigas Malbec

Hey there and Happy Wednesday! Sorry about the late post, but I forgot to post this before I went out suit shopping with Cody. You are thinking isn’t that easy? It was painless except for the price you have to pay for a suit that looks like it won’t fall apart after one wear, amiright? Cody needed a suit that fit him better and ASAP because he is marrying friends of ours at end of June. The Commissioner needs to look put together. I still have no clue as to what I am going to wear and god knows that will be WAY more difficult than finding a suit, but at least I have one thing done!

This story had a point… oh yeah, we actually went to the LCBO to snag some wine! The LCBO that has the best Vintages selection in London is right close to the mall so… two birds, one stone?

Review: Altos Las Hormigas Terroir Malbec 2010


Wino Wednesday :: Altos Las Hormigas Malbec | The little Red Heart

Technical Specs:

Varietal: 100% Malbec

Vintage: 2010

Appellation: Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Alcohol Content: 14.6%

Price: $19.95 CAD

I do not know if you are aware of the Vintages, latest collection “catalog” that you can pick up at the LCBO, but those things are awesome. I may not like how the LCBO “catalogs” the wine, but I do like the publications they print! There are a ton of them and everything is directly related to what you can get in store, as opposed to having a magazine that most likely references wines that are not available at the LCBO.

I may or may not have a serious hoarding problem when it comes to those publications…

Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina is like Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, that shit just works for that region. Honestly, some grapes grow amazingly well in some regions and can be an udder flop in others. Mendoza produces somewhere around 65% of Argentina’s wine, which is due to the well-known fact that Malbecs are drinkable and a good value at every price point.

This Malbec in particular is a bright dark ruby color in the glass with

Uh, uh, uh this Malbec smells wonderbar with a powerhouse of berries, such as strawberry, blackberry, and cherry. Alongside all that fruit is smoke and the usual suspects vanilla, oak, and an ashy soot. The exact smell of Cody’s Fire retardant Nomex® after a long summer of wild fires. On the palate, the acidity is bright, the tannins very lively, and the fruit tones it all down. This wine has a long finish that will stay with you long into your next sip.

I like this Malbec but that doesn’t mean you will, so pick one up and see what you think!

Drink up!


P.S. On a slightly related side note: Are my wine “reviews” approachable (i.e. not drenched in snobbery and boredom that usually follow a review) enough for you? If yes, leave a comment telling me what you like and if no, let me know what I can change. Thanks in advance!



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