Wine Spectator 93 points - This rich red pops from the glass, with macerated black cherry, cassis, peppercorn and toasted oak notes. Fine-grained, with a flashy finish. Drink now through 2020. 150 cases imported.-NW
(Nov 30 2013)
Vinous 89 points - (15.5% alcohol): Saturated bright medium red. Cassis, licorice and violet aromas along with a deeper element of nutty oak. Concentrated and quite broad but a bit chunky, with dark berry flavors carrying a full load of exotic oak. Doesn’t show quite the inner-mouth lift or perfume of the other vineyard-designated 2011 malbecs. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins.
Wine Advocate 92 points - The outstanding 2011 Single Vineyard Alizarine is sourced from a vineyard in Las Compuertas at 1,040 meters altitude planted in 1927 on sandy, granitic soils. It has a different ripeness, with balsamic aromas, hinting even at notes of mint, aromas of cooked meat, ripe plums and blackberries. The palate is really full-bodied, with ripe tannins and a slightly warm finish. It is a very good, bold, big and ripe, yet balanced Malbec. Drink 2014-2028. (Apr 2014)
Single Vineyard Alizarine was introduced in 2001, making Alta Vista the first Argentine winery to produce single vineyard wines. Utilizing their tailored Terroir Management system for wine growing and winemaking, Alta Vista uses grapes grown in distinctive sites to craft these 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 an additional 6 months in bottle.
|Alta Vista is a French family-owned winery that focuses on the production of high altitude, site-specific wines. The family’s winemaking knowledge and passion, together with its former ownership of the famous champagne house Piper-Heidsieck, provided the impetus to create a harmonious French-Argentine fusion. Years of research brought them to the top growing regions of Mendoza, an area best suited for the creation of terroir-expression wines.