93 points and 'Best Buy,' Wine & Spirits: "The partnership between Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Catena, launched in 1999, produces this “second” wine with a higher proportion of malbec and less time in oak barrels than the flagship wine (also recommended here). In 2017, Amancaya is the more elegant of the two. The blend includes 33 percent cabernet sauvignon and spends a year in barrels (20 percent new): It’s smoky, dark and earthy, with fine cocoa-powder tannins giving the violet-scented fruit a lithe line. (Oct 2020)"
92 points CellarTracker.com community score.
91 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): "[$22 list] Approximately half of the volume of the 2017 Amancaya matured in oak barrels, and the other half was kept in concrete vats for one year. This comes from vineyards in Altamira, and the barrels used for the élevage are mostly in barriques produced by Lafite that have a very light toast, with the idea to preserve the aromatics of the wine and let it breath and provide structure in the élevage without interfering with the aromas. The oak is very nicely integrated and folded into the fruit, and the wine comes through as quite pure and fruit driven, with moderate ripeness and a harmonious palate. This was born as the classical second wine in a Bordeaux sense. This wine is sold in Argentina as Petit Caro. Drink: 2019-2023. (Oct 2019)"
90 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): "[$22 list] Bright ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, cassis, spices and cocoa powder show both jammy and slightly herbal nuances, suggesting a wide range of fruit ripeness. Juicy, energetic and fine-grained, with its dark fruit and chocolate flavors accented by spices and herbs. A classic, rather polished second wine with noteworthy flavor interest, firm tannic spine and very good persistence. Drink: 2019-2025. (Sep 2019)"
|Blend||83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec|