Wine of the Week: Amancaya Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2011, Les Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite)/Nicolas Catena

This delightful Amancaya Gran Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2011 was the second joint venture in creating a premium wine between DBR (Lafite) and the Catena family. It’s a blend the combines the elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon with the fruit of Argentina’s Malbec and bears the name of a mountain flower found growing in the Andes. The grapes, from the Catena family’s vineyards, were all more than 30 years old and from an altitude between 800 and 1499 m.
The wine was aged for a year in French oak barrels, 20% of which were new.

The final product was deep crimson with a nose of red and black fruit, red currants and plums and touches of mint and cedar. The bouquet has vanilla, spices and mocha notes from the oak barrels. With pleasant, well balanced tannins, the resulting wine was 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 70% Malbec, with 15% ABV. It’s rich and flavorful, delivering elegance from the joint venture, known as Bodegas Caro.

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