Great wines are made from the grapes of unique places. Alta Vista’s 516 acres of estate vineyards are among the best terroirs of Mendoza, at 3,200 feet elevation and higher. Work performed on every vineyard is tailored to each grape variety via specific treatments called Terroir Management®. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon completes a short pre-fermentation maceration to enhance optimal color and aromas while avoiding the extraction of harsh tannins. A 10-day post-fermentation maceration enhances structure and round tannins. Half the wine is aged for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, before an additional 6 months in bottle.

92 Points
Blue Lifestyle
2017 vintage
89 Points
Wine Spectator
2017 vintage
Harvest Note
2017 was a typical vintage for Mendoza: Low precipitation levels in spring and summer, and moderate to warm temperatures. From the quantitative aspect, results were low, as a consequence of the frequency and duration of late frosts. Nevertheless, nature takes and nature gives: We were punished by low temperatures, but relief came with summer and autumn, giving us grapes of exceptional quality. Due to a superlative must extraction, wines of unique color were produced. Moreover, moderate temperatures in February and March helped grates to keep their natural acidity. Polyphenol maturity was surprising because we prevented plants from suffering extreme temperatures. Young wines of 2017 are promising. They are balanced, concentrated, with a nice aromatic profile, and notes of fresh, mature fruit. A note of its characteristic violet, plus its classic aromas of red fruit and plum are perceived in our Malbec vines. Over-ripeness is not felt thanks to intense controls on temperature in order to adjust the harvest date to its ideal moment.
Tasting Note
Red color with violet and ruby hues. It is complex and intense in the nose, with hints of herbs -characteristic of this variety- and reminiscent of green bell pepper. In mouth, it has structure and the typical tannin concentration of Cabernet grapes coexisting in perfect harmony with the tannins of the oak.
Food Pairing
Lamb curry and other spicy dishes. Game. Roasted red pepper. Meat empanadas.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
PH: 3.80
ACIDITY: 5.13 g/l
ABV: 14.4%
Unique Selling Points
  • All grapes are estate-grown
  • Fruit comes from Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley in Mendoza
  • Vineyards farmed using Terroir Management® treatments
  • Yields are low: just 1.5 bottles per vine
  • Aging in oak helps impart more structure

About the Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
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