Amalaya Malbec Blend 2006
Other Red Blends from Argentina, South America
This is a glittering deep red wine, with purple tinges. It offers fruity aromas, resembling cherries and raspberries, and a subtle vanilla scent coming from barrel aging. A spicy, intense and sweeping wine, easy to drink, but yet with a long persistent finish. Tannins are mild and round. This wine is ready to be enjoyed. Ideally paired with red meat, pasta with tomato sauce and cheese.
Blend: 55% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 5% Tannat, 5% Bonarda
Wine Spectator - "Exotic, but pure, with delicious fig, currant paste, hoisin sauce and spiced hot chocolate notes. Long finish has nicely buried acidity, delivering lingering graphite and mineral hints. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat and Bonarda."
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 indigenous Calchaqui people. The name Amalaya is rooted in the beliefs of the Calchaqui to keep the gods of nature happy and to strive for an equilibrium of forces to assure sustainability over time. The most worshiped goddess is “Pachamama,” or "Mother Earth," who presides over planting and harvesting. The Calchaqui created many rituals and ceremonies to please Pachamama, and would ask the goddess for a miracle. This "hope for a miracle" is called "Amalaya" in the popular indigenous language and is symbolized by the holistic spiral. To respect Pachamama, the winemakers of Amalaya treat all their vineyards sustainably. View all Amalaya Wines
Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.5 }div>3.7 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 2
- 4 Stars: 5
- 3 Stars: 2
- 2 Stars: 2
- 1 Stars: 1
12 ratings, 12 with reviews49/24/2009A complex wine with a pleasant after taste. Enjoyable as a before dinner wine as well as paired with any fine dining meal.59/25/2009I"m no expert. I've never reviewed a wine before. I just think it was a very good wine. Spicy and fruity at the same time.Mad Max - Virginia Beach, VA411/13/2009fruity and intense. i think a little past medium body.JAD - Enterprise, AL312/15/2009I prefer more full-bodied wines than this. That being said, I thought it wasn't bad and we drank the whole bottle. A good crowd-pleaser to bring to a friend's house, but not something I'd buy again for myself-I can find more complex and bolder wines in this price range.43/22/2012Surprising shooting starSho Morimoto - Washington, DC37/30/2009Deep purple in color, the Amalaya is half Malbec and quarter Cabernet Sauvignon, making it a medium-bodied and dry red. With a fruity and slightly spicy aroma, it is smooth and very drinkable with mild acidity and earthiness. It's still good the next day given a vacuum seal.elf - San Mateo, CA51/29/2010Great as a party wine or for a dinner. I love the value of this wine so much that I've given a few as gifts. I should've kept it for myself though. :-)jbrizzle - New York, NY22/18/2010First time I've had a disappointment in WS 88 and above under $15.47/27/2009This was sent as a monthly selection and I just opened it tonight. I will be buying this wine again. Excellent nose and flavors. Great blend28/4/2009I love a bargain, this is not it. Bought 3 bottles. Did NOT like the first we opened. Poured it out, in fact. Willing to try another. Not worth time and effort to return. I'm thinking sangria salvage effort if we don't like the next one. We are not tasting the same wine as other reviewers, perhaps our first bottle was "off".Mark T - New York, NY13/16/2010The title says it all; really bad, wouldn't purchase this again.James Deresinski - Moberly, MO48/4/2009Not a wine advocate nor a spectator. Just really enjoy wine. So no special technical words. This is just an exceptional wine value. Drink and enjoy.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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