Amancaya Gran Reserva Cabernet/Malbec 2011 Mendoza Argentina $18.99

AmancayaTasting:          Date: July 03, 2013

Varietal:         30% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 70% Malbec

Country:         Argentina (Mendoza)

Tasting Date Price:  $ 18.99

Rating:  N/A

Alcohol Content:  15%

Vineyard Website: http://www.pasternakwine.com/pdfs/Amancaya%20Gran%20Reserva%202011%20product%20sheet.pdf

 

The success of the first vintages of Caro encouraged DBR (Lafite) and the Catena family to create another premium wine, this time a Malbec dominated cuvée, which would nevertheless be a balance between the Bordeaux and Argentine styles. To celebrate its Andean origin, the wine was named Amancaya, after the mountain flower which grows in the Andes. Located in the heart of the Mendoza region, the winery at Bodegas Caro is also at the center of the Caro project.

THE VINEYARD: Like Caro, the grapes come from the vineyards of Vistalba, La Consulta, Agrelo, Tupungato and Tunuyan (which are all over 30 years old and situated on an altitude between 800 and 1400 m). The meticulous selection takes place in the vineyards of the Catena family as well as in the vineyards of producers with the greatest terroirs of Mendoza.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Deep crimson color. The nose presents aromas of red and black fruit, with redcurrants and plums, and a little mint and cedar.  Bouquet fills out w/ notes of vanilla, spices & mocha from the French oak.  On the palate, tannic texture is pleasant & well balanced.  The tannins are refined & gentle.  A pleasant sensation of softness in the mouth.  Blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 70% Malbec.

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