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.
Viticulture: Hand harvested.
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.
Publication: Wine advocate
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.
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.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 90 WE
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.