Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2009 Alta Vista Terroir Selection Malbec comes mostly from the Albaneve vineyard, augmented by fruit from Serenade, Alazarine and Temis vineyards. It is aged in French oak for 12 months. It has a lifted, airy, blackberry and briary bouquet with a touch of coconut in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins and subtle notes of crushed stone and cedar. However, I feel that it is just missing a little weight and presence on the back end. Still, this is a fine Malbec. Drink now-2016. (Oct 2012)
Terroir Selection Malbec is made from a blend of four vineyards in Lujan de Cujo and Valle de Uco, each bringing different characteristics to the wine. Lujan de Cujo contributes elements of ripe, mouth filling fruit that is very long on the palate, while Valle de Uco supplies strength and young, primary fruit aromas and roundness in the mouth. Terroir Selection Malbec is aged in French oak barrels (new, one- and two-year old) for 12 months and in bottle for 6 months.
|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.