13 Aug Wine Wednesday: Amalaya Malbec Red Blend ($15)
“While technically a Malbec, it is really more of a blend… Regardless, it is a delicious wine…” – Reverse Wine Snob
Wine Ratings & Awards
Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2010, 2012 & 2013
THEGRAPE Diamond In The Rough – – 2010, 2012 & 2013
Best Cheap Wines of the Year – 2010, 2012 & 2013
Best Red Blends of the Year – 2010, 2012 & 2013
Best Buy of the Year – 2010, 2012 & 2013
Decanter – 90 Points – 2011
When we first had the chance to taste the Amalaya Malbec Red Blend, at THEGRAPE, to say we were pleasantly surprised would be an understatement given it’s reputation. The Amalaya Malbec Red Blend is largely (re)viewed as a good value wine but our experience, year after year, bottle after bottle, and glass after glass, has been so much more than good; it’s been great! From 2010 to 2013 we’ve had the pleasure of discovering what we believe is a true Diamond in the Rough red wine. At THEGRAPE we prefer to decant a bottle for 30 to 45 minutes, before enjoying a glass by itself or with a meal. In some cases we’ve decanted a bottle for 60 minutes, experiencing only a slight increase in smoothness and taste, but we often lack the necessary self control when presented with a bottle of this delicious red wine.
What makes this wine great, beyond its consistency and smooth taste, is its food pairing versatility. We’ve enjoyed it with a variety of steak recipes, our favorite Ahi Tuna steak salad, tacos, chocolate and many other favorite foods. Above all else it’s this versatility that makes this malbec red wine blend a true Diamond in the Rough and Go-To Red Wine for us, time and time again. If you have the chance to pick up a bottle or two, or six, don’t hesitate! You can find it locally at Total Wine or select wine stores, or at a variety of online wine retailers, including Wine.com. While it can consistently be found for under $15, if you take advantage of your local Buy 6 & Save promotions you may find it as low as $11 per bottle, which represents a significant savings.
A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, Amalaya is an exquisite representation of the unique weather and soil conditions in Argentina’s Northern Calchaquí Valley that also honors the heritage of the native Calchaquí people. The Calchaquí 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.
“Brilliant ruby color with violet edges. Strawberries, raspberries and ripe fruit with touch of pepper and spices aromas. In mouth, flavors of red fruit, spice and hints of vanilla from aging in French oak. Round, soft tannins lead to a delicate, lingering finish.” – Randle Johnson, Director of Winemaking
Grapes are hand harvested in small, 30-pound boxes and hand-sorted at the winery. A four-day cold maceration adds color, followed by an extended maceration in stainless steel tanks for three weeks. Secondary, malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur in stainless steel prior to aging for 10 months, with 40% of the wine in once-used French Oak barrels prior to fining and bottling. Fining occurs using eggs whites from the farm at Amalaya.
Wine Region: Argentina – Finca San Isidro, Finca Amalaya, Valley Calchaquí
Wine Grapes: 85% Malbec / 10% Cabernet Sauvignon / 5% Syrah
Style: Medium-bodied, Flavorful & Smooth
Food & Wine Pairing: BBQ’d New York Steak – View Recipe Here
Diamond In The Rough!
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold
The Amalaya Malbec Red Blend is largely (re)viewed as a good value wine but our experience, year after year, bottle after bottle, and glass after glass has been been so much more than good. It's been great! From 2010 to 2013 we've had the pleasure of discovering what we believe is a true Diamond in the Rough red wine. What makes this wine great, beyond its consistency and smooth taste, is its food pairing ability, as we've enjoyed it with a variety of steak recipes, our favorite Ahi Tuna steak salad, tacos, chocolate and a number of other foods.