Amalaya Valle Calchaqui 2008 - Expert wine ratings and wine reviews by WineAlign
Interesting, ripe but fresh, cooler climate malbec character, with the variety's signature floral aspect - violets -...
From the remote, northern Salta region, this malbec based blend has a very lifted floral, plummy/grapy nose, with...
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This is a blend of Malbec, Cab. Sauvignon, Tannat, and Syrah.
Spearmint leaf on the nose followed by cherry and plums. As it rolls around in your mouth, expect a sweet smoothness to prevail with a mix of red and black fruit plus just a touch of black pepper on the finish. Substantial ‘Wow Factor’. Tasted March 2011 / again Feb 2012
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The 2008 Colomé Amalaya is FRUITY to integrated, medium bodied wine with nice aromas of red currant, caramel and coffee. It has refined tannins (decant for 30 min) and a tangy, medium to long finish. It can be drunk now, but would benefit from aging for few years (2014-2018) if and only if it wasn’t for the FAKE cork enclosure used, completely eliminating the wine's aging potential!!!! My impression: NICE, 89 pts and a recommended buy especially at this price as it was originally sold for $18.95 – nearly $3 more. Tasted Aug/11.
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