Single Vineyard Alizarine 2010
Grapes: 100% Malbec.
Single Vineyard Alizarine was introduced in 2001, making Alta Vista the first Argentine winery to produce single vineyard wines. Utilizing the Terroir Management® system for wine growing and winemaking, Alta Vista uses grapes grown in distinctive sites to craft unique wines that show the true characteristics of each vineyard. All Single Vineyard wines are aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels and another 6 months in bottle. The vineyard is situated above 3,000 feet elevation in Luján de Cuyo. Very poor soils are permeable, composed of silty clay loam with a layer of boulders 3-6 ft. deep. Irrigation is traditional, with water from the Andes, in a mild, arid climate. The proximity of hills prevents the risk of spring frost since cold air currents descend from the Mendoza River bed. Selection massale vines planted in 1927 are simple Guyot pruned and yield compact grape clusters. This vineyard's wine shows a floral bouquet, good acidity and round, elegant tannins.
Wine Spectator2010 vintage
Wine Advocate2010 vintage
In Mendoza, 2010 was a dry, unusually temperate, and late vintage. Winter and spring were moderately cold, with frequent frosts that ended flowering, especially for the sensitive Malbec. An unusually dry summer lasted from November to March. January heat and lower thermal amplitude slowed the vegetative cycle, delaying harvest for 10 days. Like 2009, autumn was optimally mild, which allowed a gradual harvest paced by ripeness. Alizarene vineyard had no hail. Dry and cool conditions brought grapes with excellent health. With lower yields and slow maturation, red grapes showed impressive extractability. Pumping over and punching down were stopped to avoid over-extraction. 2010 wines are intense, with fresh fruit and vegetal notes, lower acidity and lower alcohol.
Has effusive spice, chocolate and ripe fruit aromas, with impressive structure, soft tannins and a long finish.
This wine is a great match with grilled grass-fed beef steak or roast suckling pig.
GRAPES: 100% Malbec.
ACIDITY: 6.3 g/L
AGING: 12 months in new French oak barrels.
points of distinction
- Low yields of only 1 bottle per vine
- Alta Vista was first to produce single vineyard vines in Argentina
- Old vineyard planted in 1927
- Limited production
about the grape +
Well-made Malbec is a dark, perfumed wine with rich, blackberry and damson plum fruit, aromas of violets and tobacco, and ripe, juicy tannins. In France, may be mineral, structured and austere.
Alta Vista's Terroir Expression Winemakers® became the first in Argentina to produce single vineyard Malbec wines, each representing the unique characteristics of their high elevation, estate vineyards.
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