This remarkable vineyard is situated above 3,000 feet elevation in Luján de Cuyo. The soils of this terroir are very poor and permeable and are composed of silty clay loam with a layer of boulders 3-6 ft. deep. Irrigation is traditional, with water from the Andes Mountains, and the climate is mild and arid. The proximity of hills prevents the risk of frost since, in spring, cold air currents descend from the Mendoza River bed. The selection massale vines planted in 1923 are simple Guyot pruned and yield small, compact grape clusters. The wine from this vineyard is notable for its floral bouquet, good acidity and round, elegant tannins.

94 Points
Wine Advocate
2018 vintage
95 Points
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2018 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2018 vintage was marked by exceptional quality and reduced yields. Despite facing some challenges, including some frost the overall grape quality was excellent. A warm and dry summer allowed for optimal ripening, leading to wines with intense flavors and balanced acidity, while also lowering yields.
Tasting Note
Aromas of wild blueberries and blackberries on the nose, with sweet and spicy notes of cardamom and cacao. A juicy, fresh and wild fruit character in the mouth give way to noticeable but pleasant and fine-grained tannins.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
APPELLATION: Las Compuertas
PH: 3.59
ACIDITY: 5.3 g/l
ABV: 15%
AGING: 100% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months (2/3 are new barrels and 1/3 are second use barrels)
Unique Selling Points
  • In 2001, Alta Vista was first winery in Argentina to produce single vineyard wines
  • Alizarine Vineyard is ungrafted, and planted in 1923
  • Yields are low: just 1 bottle per vine

About the Grape

Malbec
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.
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