2010 Amalaya Malbec Blend Calchaquí Valley Salta
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."