2010 Amalaya Malbec Blend Calchaquí Valley Salta

SKU #1090288 89 points Wine Spectator

 A racy, floral red, offering layers of raspberry ganache, blackberry and light fig fruit that mingle with spice, spring herb and light mesquite notes. Though not a powerhouse, this is well-balanced. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and Syrah.  (7/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Amalaya Tinto is a blend of 75% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon with some Tannat and Syrah, aged for ten months in French and American oak. It has a meaty bouquet with dusty red berry fruit mixed with a touch of sous-bois.  (10/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Cherry liqueur, menthol, violet and spicy oak on the nose and palate. Suave, supple and energetic, with a sugar/acid balance giving the mid-palate insidious intensity and good definition. Nicely rising, fine-grained finish shows good length and a light touch. Sophisticated for the price.  (4/2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 This smells of exotic blueberry and graham cracker, and it feels wide and solid, with herbal, woodsy flavors of juniper and plum. Dry and healthy on the finish, this made from 75% Malbec, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat in the blend.  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

From the winery, a Hess Collection brand: "A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat, Amalaya is an exquisite representation of the unique weather and soil conditions in Argentina's Northern Calchaqui Valley that also honors the heritage of the native Calchaqui people. The Calchaqui Valley sits in the northwestern region of Argentina, in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range at an altitude between 5,250 and 5,580 feet above sea level. The high altitude provides a unique growing climate for the sustainably-farmed vineyard, providing intense sun in the day and cool nights that help better retain the acidity and concentrated fruit characteristics of the grapes."

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2012 | Send Email
From the high desert of Argentina comes a great blend of Malbec, Cabernet, Tannat and Syrah. With red berries and spice on the nose and palate. Nice bit of acidity do to the high elevation. Perfect for your everyday wine.

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 14