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2016 Altas Vinas Magnum

2016 Altas Vinas Magnum

17.5 acres of Mourvèdre and Grenache grow on decomposed granite, gneiss, schist, basalt, and clay loam at 3,200 feet above sea level, making this one of the highest elevations vineyards in the US. Superb clonal selection, tight spacing, huge day/night temperature differentials, and meticulous vineyard work produce grapes that yield vibrant, complex, and compelling wines.

VINIFICATION: 60% whole cluster fermented in small, open-top bins, and spent 15-20 days on skins with pump-overs during cold soak and punch downs during fermentation. Aged 20 months in 265-liter neutral barriques and puncheons.

TASTING NOTES: Deep lurid ruby. Spicy, intensely perfumed aromas of fresh dark berries, Indian spices, cola, and potpourri. Sweet and seamless in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated yet lively black currant and boysenberry flavors and suggestions of candied violet and star anise. Picks up a smoky nuance on a strikingly long, penetrating finish that features a repeating floral note and smooth tannins.- Josh Raynolds, Vinous.

 

REVIEWS

95 points, Vinous

Deep lurid ruby. Spicy, intensely perfumed aromas of fresh dark berries, Indian spices, cola, and potpourri. Sweet and seamless in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated yet lively black currant and boysenberry flavors and suggestions of candied violet and star anise. Picks up a smoky nuance on a strikingly long, penetrating finish that features a repeating floral note and smooth tannins.

93 points, Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Altas Vinas is a Mourvèdre-dominated blend that includes 24% Grenache and 12% Syrah, all of which saw plenty of stems and 18 months in larger, neutral barrels. Complex notes of lavender, peppery spice, cured meats, and incense all flow to a rich, full-bodied, fruit-loaded red. It's one of the bigger, richer, more overtly powerful wines in the lineup and ideal for drinking over the coming 6-8 years.

This estate hit a home run with these latest 2016s, and the charming, more supple style of the vintage worked perfectly with the more savory, classic style preferred by McPrice Myers. These are unquestionably the finest wines I’ve tasted from him, and readers should snatch up these wines.

93 points, Wine Spectator

Precise but shows personality, offering vibrant dried cherry, dusty mocha, and cured meat accents that build richness toward polished tannins.

 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
64% Mourvedre, 24% Grenache, 12% Syrah
Appellation
Santa Barbara County
Alcohol %
15.2
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SKU: 16AVMag
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