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.

94 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2012 vintage
93 Points
Wine Advocate
2012 vintage
Harvest Note
For Mendoza’s high altitude vineyards, 2012’s particularly warm temperatures produced average-to-low yields of excellent quality fruit. Winter was very windy and dry, with little snow or rain, as was the beginning of spring. The end of November brought crucial rainfall. Budding came late and the spring brought strong winds that affected flowering, especially in Uco Valley. Summer and autumn were quite hot and dry, yet thermal amplitude was normal. 2012 was a late, gentle vintage for those who kept yields low.
Tasting Note
With a deep ruby color, this wine has a bouquet that reminds of spices, chocolate, ripe fruits with animal notes. Once in mouth, it expresses its great structure with soft tannins and a long finish.
Food Pairing
This wine is a great match with grilled grass-fed beef steak or roast suckling pig.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
APPELLATION: Mendoza
PH: 3.61
ACIDITY: 6.72 g/l
ABV: 15%
AGING: 100% is aged in small French oak barrels during 12 months.
Unique Selling Points
  • Alta Vista was first to produce single vineyard vines in Argentina
  • Old vineyard planted in 1927
  • Low yields of only 1 bottle per vine
  • Alta Vista has received no rating lower than 91 from major wine publications since vintage 2006
  • Limited production

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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