Original tasting and review : This is Amancaya Gran Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2011, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in July, 2014. This is a blend of 70% malbec and 30% cabernet sauvignon, vinted in a partnership between well-known vignerons Barons de Rothschild and Nicolas Catena.
In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from three-quarters inch from the edge.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, purple ripe blackberry. From the aroma, seems like this will be fleshy and bright.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deep and black, lifting brambly balsam aromas up into your nose via a vigorous alcohol elevator. But meanwhile, the sip sits deep and black in your cheeks as well. The finish unfolds slowly, but with deep tannins and supporting acids. Brawny and classic too.
In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Good value.
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