Finca Los Inmigrantes 2016

Producer: Altocedro
Region: Uco Valley
Appellation: Uco Valley
Country: Argentina
Classification: GI
Wine Type: Red
Variety: Malbec
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.1%
Residual Sugar: 2.18 g/L
Soil: Alluvial (silt, clay, sand, gravel)
Farming Practices: Sustainably farmed, sourced from 80 year old vines.
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Cellar Profile

Since 1999, Karim Mussi has been crafting sublime wines in the La Consulta region of the Uco Valley in Argentina. Mussi believes in terroir and seeks to bring out the the distinct nature of the vineyard and it’s original old-vine rootstocks in his finished wines. He has adhered to sustainable farming methods since the winery’s inception, takes a minimalist approach in the cellar and utilizes indigenous yeasts, in 100 year-old concrete vats, during fermentation. Altocedro’s work helped establish the La Consulta region, which was awarded one of the few Argentinean “Geographic Indication” Appellations in 2019. La Consulta vineyards sit as high as 1700m, allowing for plenty of sunlight, limited rainfall (particularly during the growing season) and huge diurnal temperature drops in the evenings to maintain acidity. The wines deliver purity of fruit, varietal character, balancing acidity and, in the case of the reds, silky, but apparent tannic structure. There is a touch of saline minerality on the finish to these that is the hallmark of high-altitude wines.


With its near-dessert conditions, extreme elevation and wide diurnal shift, grape vines have proven to thrive in various regions of Argentina. With plantings dating back to the 1920s, the fruit from Uco Valley was originally used to add colour and acidity to the wines of warmer areas until winemakers in the 1990s saw larger potential for the region. Today, Uco Valley is producing some of the most influential wines of Argentina. The valley, which runs north to south, is 70 KM long and 40 KM at its widest in the south. It is capped by desert conditions, with cold winds blowing in from Patagonia. At its north end, hills reach 1400 metres+. To the east, the region runs into a series of gorges and dry riverbeds.


Los Inmigrantes is sourced from 80 year-old vines within the La Consulta vineyard. La Consulta is one of the lowest laying and coolest vineyards in the Uco Valley, sitting at 900 masl. Split by the Tunuyan river and sitting in the shadow of the San José volcano, the area benefits from the supply of meltwater coming directly from the peaks of the Andes, as well as from long days full of sunlight. The soil is mainly alluvial, comprised of clay, rocks and sand, ideal for drainage while forcing the vines to dig deep for nutrients thereby creating strong roots and concentrated fruit. Winemaker Karim Mussi practices sustainable farming with the intention of showcasing a true sense of place.


Malbec—a thick-skinned, full-bodied grape—has made its home in the foothills of the Andes. Owning more than 75% of the world’s planted Malbec, today Argentina is known for having reinvigorated the variety, which has been returned to the list of the top 18 noble grapes. Originally from the southwest of France, it was primarily used as a blending grape in Bordeaux, with most of its vines planted in the region of Cahors. It found its way to Mendoza in 1868, after a French botanist planted it by order of the mayor. Malbec is loved for its rich, dark fruit flavours and smooth chocolatey finish.


Made of 100% Malbec sourced from the three best plots in the La Consulta Vineyard. This blend from ‘Los Tanos’, ‘Los Turcos’ and ‘Los Gallegos’ is fermented in small concrete vats using only native yeast. The wine then goes to age for 18 months in new French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes 

A nose brimming with cassis, mocha and toast leads to a fruit explosion on the palate. Dark spicy berries, cocoa and toasty vanilla expand over the palate with silky tannins and a long seductive finish.