Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bodegas Caro, Amancaya ’09 $16

Mendoza, Argentina

This blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon is probably one of the best wines I’ve had in the past year!  It’s bursting with aromas of ripe blackberries, spicy black pepper and toasted wood.  Deep purple-red color led to flavors of ripe plums, currants and dark cherries followed by a rich cocoa and vanilla blend.  With a definite fruit forward flavor, the finish balances that out with a hint of tobacco and earthiness.  A full body wine with tight tannins has this wine feeling more mature than other 2009’s I’ve had.

The blend is 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.  The 2 wine makers have a long history for their own respective wines.  Nicholas Cantena, with their great Malbec’s from Argentina and Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) with their Bordeaux wines from France.  2003 was the first vintage of Amancaya.

This is absolutely a must have especially in this price range which I’ve heard could be increasing.  I need to thank one of my local wine shops again for a wonderful recommendation, The Wine Barn.

Grill up a nice steak, pork tenderloin or even some seared Ahi with this wine and let me know what you think.

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