Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2008
Malbec from Argentina, South America
This Malbec shows a beautiful ruby red color with violet hues. On the nose, flowery and mineral notes are evident, with spicy touches that make the wine more complex and are finely blended with the elegance of the French oak.
On the mouth it's a wine of great structure and power, with tannins that are both soft and present. It has an outstanding balance and a very long finish, where red fruits and flower notes are evident. The wine is ready to be enjoyed now and has the potential to be cellared for at least ten years.
Wine Spectator - "Dark and juicy, delivering anise, plum skin and dark crushed currant fruit that's carried by nicely integrated grip. Hints of tar and charcoal check in on the finish. Drink now through 2011."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Malbec Ultra is medium purple in color with an expressive bouquet of wood smoke, Asian spices, incense, lavender, and black cherry. On the palate it has excellent grip, some aging potential, and plenty of spicy fruit. It will be at its best from 2012 to 2020. "
Lauded Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes traveled across the Andes to make these wines, just like the Kaiken bird does when it migrates. View all Kaiken Wines
Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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