2016 Amalaya Malbec Salta

SKU #1344826 90 points Decanter

 This wonderful label has a knack of translating the breathless altitude, rugged landscape and fierce sun of the Calchaquí Valley into intense yet balanced wines. Tons of roasted dark fruit, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Intense, grounded and long. Drink 2018-2023. (PR)  (1/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A creamy and lush-tasting red, with vibrant crushed red fruit flavors. The peppery finish has good cut and length, showing plenty of juiciness. (KM)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

Amalaya is another bottling from Colome, the Salta project which put this parched, high-altitude region on the map for the quality of its Malbec and Torrontes. Where as the Colome-branded bottlings are single-grape varieties, Amalaya is a Malbec blend, historically blending in a tiny percentage of Tannat. Soils in these high-lying vineyards are often times calcareous and granitic, which lends a sense of minerality seldom seen in a sub-$12 wine from anywhere, let alone from a grape known for the fruitiness and generosity of its wines. Terrific value, year in and year out.

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2018 | Send Email
This Malbec from Salta, the highest-elevation wine growing region in the world, is a noted departure from its cousins from Mendoza. From the rugged, parched foothills of the Andes comes a medium-bodied, vividly fruited bottling with a touch of Tannat lending a bit more backbone. Great black fruits, cocoa, minerality, bright acidity, and a hint of smokiness make for one of the best red wine values in the store.

Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2018 | Send Email
It's so great to find a value wine with so much complexity. This wine has such beautiful ripe fruit layered upon savory elements and a streak of minerality. I suppose that comes from growing at a high elevation. The tannins are silky and well integrated, with balanced acidity. The finish is long lasting, with fresh ripe blueberries and a hint of smokieness.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2018 | Send Email
Add this to your list of unfathomable values in everyday wine. This shows silky smooth, dark fruit with a hint of smoke and graphite. The tannins are supple and plush with a great balancing acidity. Take advantage while it lasts!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2018 | Send Email
It is not everyday that I am lucky enough to taste a real terroir wine from Argentina. It is far rarer for it to come at such a value price. The Amalaya Malbec comes from staggeringly high altitude vineyards, and that location shows through beautifully in the bottle. Not only does it have the full bodied, spicy, dark fruit character that makes Argentinian malbec so popular with our customers, it also has minerality and depth that are almost never found at this price range. This exciting bottle has surprising complexity and lift to balance its rich power. A must try for any Malbec fan!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2018 | Send Email
This wine is ready to unseat all of K&L's traditional best buy Malbecs, any regular in store customers will known which ones I am talking about. This is more than just a simple everyday red. There is depth of flavor here; dark fruits, a subtle savory note, a touch of that Malbec spice/earth all backed by rounded easy tannins. This is a great everyday red.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2018 | Send Email
I had the pleasure of tasting this Malbec at our staff tasting today. A dark horse winner for me, as the intensity of flavors and overall balance of the wine is nicely juxtaposed with a price point of under $12. Aromas of dark and blue fruit compliment a bouquet of mocha and violets. On the palate, this wine is fresh and bright, with flavors of dark berries, blueberry, espresso powder, vanilla, and bay leaf. A great option for dinner parties or as a weekday wine selection
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2018 | Send Email
Our staff just tasting this little gem today and it is both classical and elegant. Classical in that it has that rich, quite extracted, deep red fruit that you expect from Argentinian Malbec and yet, there are some savory notes and a fairly good dose of minerality and spice on the finish. This rounds out the character better than most and at this price, it is an unexpected treat.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
Every now and then, I come across wines that are not merely tasty, well made, or solid values, but are consistently best in class. Given its back-to-back showing in 2015 and 2016, I'm tempted to place Amalaya in this category. We have spread the word on both the Torrontes and Malbec blends for two consecutive vintages, and I can tell by the enthusiastic hand-selling of my colleagues, as well as your orders/re-orders, that the message has been sent and received! The 2016 Amalaya Malbec has dark fruit, showing a savory and mineral quality, along with a balanced, slightly smoky aspect. The savoriness of this wine seems to be a stylistic hallmark. While we have plenty of year to go, I'm tempted to place Amalaya among our top red wine values going for those who like a medium to full-bodied wine with plenty of fruit, but not at the expense of structure or character.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5