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South American Wines Now Rival the Best Napa Vintages. Here Are 3 to Start With

November 19, 2022

Many collectors think of Argentina as the home of well-priced Malbec and Chile as a source of easy-drinking, value-driven wines both white and red. Which isn’t wrong—just don’t overlook the exceptional, cellar-worthy vintages coming out of both countries.

Grown in Mendoza’s Luján de Cuyo appellation, Alta Vista Alto 2018 is robust on the palate, offering flavors of cherry and black plum with bold tannins and vivid acidity that will help it to mature for another 10 to 15 years. Winemaker Didier Debono notes that the Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are harvested at different times, for “optimum expression of each variety,” and also aged differently before blending, with Malbec in large 600-liter barrels “for more structure and density” and the Cabernet in smaller 225-liter barrels “for a greater wood imprint.”

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