40% Cabernet Franc, 60% Malbec
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.
The average altitude of the vineyards is 3,150 feet.
No fining, no filtering, and press wine used.
14 months in French and American oak. 60% is new and 40% is second-use.
The blend of the 2014 Amorío is different, as it's mostly Malbec with some 15% Petit Verdot, going back to the original blend for this bottling, but also from their estate vineyards in Vista Flores on loamy-clay and sandy soils. It matured in oak barrels for 14 months. This is riper and also creamier, it feels rounder and with a lactic note. This is round and fleshy, tasty, with a soft texture, the Malbec clearly dominates the character of the blend. 42,000 bottles produced.
Ripe blackberry, raisin, rubber and woodspice aromas are huge but not overly rich. This blend of Malbecs from multiple vineyards is firm and potent, with a palate that doesn't give. Oaky plum and berry flavors are bold, while this wine finishes tough, with chewy tannins. Drink through 2025.
Dark ruby-red. Wild, meaty scents of black raspberry, blackberry pastille and licorice reminded me of Syrah. Densely packed and glossy but firm, conveying an utterly seamless texture to its savory blackberry, boysenberry and violet flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins, well-integrated acidity and subtle length.
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