Alta Vista, Valle de Uco (Mendoza, Argentina) Malbec Single Vineyard, Albaneve 2018

($51, Kobrand Wine & Spirits): Like the unnecessarily heavy bottle, this stunning single-vineyard Malbec is a weighty bold wine but with remarkable balance for its size.  This robust wine carries its 15 percent stated alcohol well.  Suavely textured, it still has enough structure to counter the deep plum-like fruit and slightly alluring tarry elements.  Unlike many Malbec, despite its size, it is not one-dimensional.  It’s remarkably fresh and uplifting, especially for such a robust wine.  The wine speaks for itself.  They can ditch the bottle.
92 Michael Apstein Jan 3, 2023