2015 Amalaya Malbec Salta

SKU #1297218 94 points Decanter

 Impressive purity of perfumed fruits, with blackcurrants, boysenberries, cherries, plums and leafy notes. Very expressive mouth, full, juicy and fresh with polished fine tannins, high structure and pure black fruits. Refined, distinctive with a lovely personality.

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The entry-level wine is called 2015 Malbec, even if it still has some 10% Tannat and 5% Syrah in the blend. 2015 saw 140 liters of rain, healthy grapes and good levels of acidity. The grapes come from seven-year-old vines that yielded 9,000 kilos per hectare, 100% from estate grapes. The grapes fermented with neutral yeasts after a four-day cold soak with a total maceration of some 20 days. 25% of the volume matured in used French oak barrels for ten months, while the rest was kept in stainless steel with fine lees. There is a smoky character that I believe comes from the skin of the grapes, which have a high impact from the sun-as with the higher altitude, the rays are much stronger and make grapes develop thicker skins. It made me think of a red from the Northern Rhône, mixing violets, bacon fat and great spiciness. They have replaced Cabernet by Tannat, and I think it has helped remove the herbal aromas and given more character to the blend. The palate is medium-bodied with great freshness and intensity, terribly tasty. This is so easy to drink, it can be dangerous... One to buy by the case, and great for by-the-glass. (LG)  (12/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* A fleshy red, with concentrated blackberry and dried blueberry flavors supported by fresh acidity. Mineral and dark chocolate notes linger with hints of white pepper on the finish. Drink now through 2020. (KM)  (11/2016)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2017 | Send Email
I have always been a huge fan of the wines from Salta. This high altitude climate produces some of the most distinct and flavorful Malbecs from anywhere in the world and that's coming from the guy who focuses on the French Malbecs from Cahors. Amalaya is one of the great producers from Salta as well and this perfumed, floral style has beautiful high tone black and red fruit flavors. Great texture and smooth polished tannins make this one distinctively beautiful red and one of the best values from Argentina.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2017 | Send Email
Subtly savory on the nose and black-fruited though the palate, Amalaya’s 2015 Malbec is somehow both easygoing and structured, thanks to its 10% Tannat and hit of smoky Syrah. It’s as juicy as you’d want a red from Argentina to be, but with the fresh acidity and polish that makes wines from high-elevation Salta shine. A bright, quality option for Malbec fans – at a price too good to pass up.

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2017 | Send Email
Malbecs from the northern Argentine region of Salta are a little rarer than those from Mendoza, and it's therefore a real treat when we get our hands on it. This offering from Amalaya shows a wonderfully complex profile of restrained black fruits: cassis, plum, and black cherry, all tempered by spicy, zesty herbs, bitter cocoa, and savory meatiness. Less fruit-driven and more structured than its Mendoza cousin, Salta Malbec will pair beautifully with your next rib eye or a rustic Bolognese.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
This is everything you want from rich, Argentine Malbec. Juicy acidity, blackberry compote, black plums, cocoa and sweet blueberry. Ripe with soft with supple tannins this Malbec is great for all your BBQ needs.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2017 | Send Email
This is exactly what you want in an easy-drinking weekday red. Malbec is known to be a very approachable varietal, and appeal to a number of palates, but you can certainly run across some poor examples of the grape. Here you have beautiful, quality fruit and fantastic wine making, resulting in an effortless, silky, red fruited wine that feels quite clean and carries just a hint of pepper spice to add to the depth of the wine.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2017 | Send Email
There is something about Colome's Malbecs...they are not standard fare Malbecs. They almost seem to suggest the northern Rhone as much as Argentina. It surely has a bit to do with their elevation and intense sun exposure (for this wine, vineyards lie at 5,900 feet above sea level). The stony, calcareous soil is also part of the picture, as is winemaking. Regardless, however, the important take away here is that this wine has no business selling for under $15, let alone under $12. There is way too much savory, meaty, purple fruited complexity on the nose, too much presence, intensity and length on the palate. A good amount of calcareous driven salinity as well on the finish. This is fantastic wine, one to load up on for sure if you are a fan of Malbec, the Rhone valley, or just great value in full-bodied reds.

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Varietal:

Malbec

- 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.
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Argentina

- 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 (%): 14.5