The WSJ Dow Jones Malbec Index...

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The WSJ Dow Jones Malbec Index...

#1 Post by Mark.Ricca » January 31st, 2009, 4:11 am

Revisited the Altos Las Hormigas twice yesterday from two different bottles and although I have always had a soft spot for this wine as a QPR leader, I had difficutly with the article given the competition." onclick=";return false;

With the Achaval Ferrer Malbec and the Bodegas Noemia A Lisa in the mix, it seems odd that WSJ would place the ALH above the others, especially at $10.99 (being full retail).

After tasting it twice yesterday, I found it to be good, but not even on par with previous vintages.
The comment on the A Lisa being overly smooth had me wondering also, so I went back and checked my notes (from that other wine BB) on this:

TN:Bodega Noemia Patagonia A Lisa Malbec 2007 4/24/08
Color: Dark purple with deep saturation to the rim, brilliant with good viscosity. Sticks to the sides of the glass.

Nose: Black fruits, briney black olives, alcohol, oak, and spice. Nose is med + intense.

Palate: Big jammy black fruit, a little cola note, acid is medium intense, tannins are a little grainy and green but produce pleasant and assertive grip. Finish is fruit and herb and 20+ seconds long.

Overall impression: Very fresh and fruity this wine is, but clearly a teen. It very much suggests that there is more to reveal and the elements are there to see that it happens. Reading up on this I was suprised and pleased to learn that it is moved from cement to French oak but it is 2nd year used oak. Nice drink and should get much nicer in 3-5 yrs.

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Re: The WSJ Dow Jones Malbec Index...

#2 Post by Daniel Posner » January 31st, 2009, 4:43 am

I find most of what the WSJ says about wine to be off. The Altos is good wine, but I have had much better for the same price point.
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