Wine Advocate 94 points - The outstanding 2010 Alta Vista Single Vineyard Alizarine is planted on granitic sand that was planted in 1927. The minerality really comes through on the nose, with scents of crushed stone that are not evident on the other two single vineyard wines. The palate is taut and exudes greater tension than the Temis and Serenade. It has a pixelated quality to it and the vibrant, spicy finish laced with white pepper is delightful, the aftertaste earthy. If you seek a cerebral Argentinean Malbec, this is where to come. Drink 2014-2028. N.B. The new vintage of Alto (2010) had been bottled two months earlier and was still recovering, so it will be reviewed next year. (Oct 2012)
Wine Spectator 93 points - This brawny red displays an elegant side to its compact core of jammy blackberry, black cherry and plum reduction notes, as mocha, baking spice and wild herb hints accent the chalky finish. Drink now through 2018.—N.W. (Aug 22 2012)
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.