Altos Las Hormigas Malbec, 2007
We were impressed with the previous vintage of the Altos Las Hormigas Malbec (2006) and were excited to see the 2007 vintage had arrived. This Malbec, from Mendoza, is made by Italian wine makers Alberto Antonini and Attilio Pagli. These guys, from Tuscany, have produced excellent wines from Malbec and Bonarda grapes that not only display the quality of these grapes, but also the pedigree of their Italian wine making tradition. This Malbec as a dark purple color with a violet rim and the wine is nearly opaque. On the nose is black cherry, black berry and plums. This is a medium to full bodied wine with very pleasant dark fruit flavors of black cherries and berries along with some leather and licorice. There are ample tannins ti keep it interesting, but they are quite smooth and well submerged. The finish is soft and elegant. Perhaps we liked the 2006 vintage a little better, but I'm not sure. This 2007 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec is very good! You can find this at Pete's Wine Shop, in Bellevue, for under $9.
Although the Seattle area weather continues to be cold and dreary, I have started using our outdoor grill. We enjoyed the lovely Malbec with a grilled Balsamic marinaded Flat Iron Steak with some grilled Zucchini and some pan roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes. This kind of meal shows us that even if the weather doesn't cooperate, we still can celebrate Summer!