The Amalaya Malbec 2016 is a blend of grape varieties - 85% Malbec, 10% Tannat and 5% Petit Verdot. It is aged for eight months in French oak, but only a quarter of the wine sees wood. The wine's alcohol mark is just under 14% abv and it retails for $16.
As you might guess, the Tannat and Petit Verdot contribute to an extremely dark Malbec wine with a powerful nose of black fruit, black tar and black pepper. A smoky quality shows up if you let sit for a bit. The palate shows much more smoothly than I expected. The tannins are firm, yet juicy. Very dark flavors dominate, with the oak showing well and a savory finish to remind you how good it was.
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