|Bottle sizes:||750 ML|
|Varietal notes:||40% Cabernet Franc, 60% Malbec|
|Vineyard:||The vineyards for this Malbec are located in the Uco Valley from two sections: Altamira and Gualtallary. All the vineyards are ungrafted and all are hand harvested. The average age of the vines is 44 years old.|
|Orientation:||The average altitude of the vineyards is 3,150 feet.|
|Vinification:||No fining, no filtering and press wine used.|
|Aging:||14 months in French and American oak. 60% is new and 40% is second-use.|
Amorío is sold later, so I started with the 2013 Amorío, a blend of Malbec with 40% Cabernet Franc from their biodynamically-farmed estate vineyards in Vista Flores, in the Valle de Uco. The wine matured in French and American oak barrels for 14 months. I think the two varieties work very nicely together. There is great balance here and a mixture of peppery notes and floral aromas, very balanced and fresh. This blend is a one-off, as it's usually Petit Verdot. Here you have a nice texture and a combination of the rounder tannins from the Malbec and the sharper, more austere ones from Cabernet Franc. 42,000 bottles produced in 2013.
Floral, grapy aromas are exotic and herbal. High acidity creates energy but also a shearing sense. Currant, red plum and spice flavors end with a blast of blazing acidity and notes of baking spices, cocoa and herbs. Wine Enthusiast
Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of raspberry and flowers. Savory, fine-grained, dry wine with considerable class and complexity; much more backward, saline and tightly coiled than the 2014 Patriota, and not yet showing the sweetness of that wine. Tannins are smooth and harmonious.