Amalaya Malbec Blend 2014

Amalaya Malbec Blend 2014Score: 87

Province: SaltaAmalaya Malbec Blend 2014

Subregion: Calchaqui Valley

Grapes: 85% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah

Aging: 25% aged 10 months in used French oak

Shades of flavor overlap on the same palette, as aromas of red plum and tire rubber initially turn brighter in the mouth, like crisp nectarines, then darken again towards the finish, with a final note of heavily roasted espresso. The blend has just enough malbec to label itself “malbec”, but the extra structure added by the mixing grapes is plainly evident, particularly the spikiness of the syrah.