Bodega TuKma Malbec Reserva 2008
Malbec from Argentina, South America
In the glass its almost-black purple color catches one's eye immediately. Out of the glass waft aromas of black pepper, stewed plums, and black olives. On the palate it surprises, unlike any other Malbec, with flavors of roasted meat, plums, and a slight spiciness that keeps it interesting. The oak is well integrated, lending a nice roundness to the wine. Pair it with roasted meat, especially venison or lamb, and let it work its magic.
The Wine Advocate - "Opaque purple; black cherry, plum, and spice box jumps from glass; succulent, already complex."
Bodega TuKma Winery
Cafayate, Salta, in Argentina's northern reaches, showcases landscapes as mystical as they are majestic and carries the legacy of the Incan empire as much as that of geological distinction. Every bottle of wine produced here holds some of Incas’ ancient spirituality; every vine still feels their touch in the earth. In homage of this area’s first inhabitants, who called their chief "Tukma" and their land "Tukmanao," this new project, with vineyards situated among the mountains and red desert on the border between Salta and Tucumán (just outside of Cafayate) reflects their heritage in its name.
Master local winemaker and Torrontés specialist, Jose Luis Mounier, crafts wines that could only be made by one who deeply understands this unique land. The vineyards are completely unique: "Los Tolombones", situated in Tolombón at 1,700 meters above sea level, and "Los Angastacos", in Angastaco at 1,990 meters above sea level, which total 15 hectares of vineyards under production. Bodega Tukma also owns vineyard land in Colalao del Valle, Tucumán province, and in Huacalera, province of Jujuy, this latter at an incredible 2,700 meters above sea level, considered to be the highest altitude vineyards in Argentina. Although the vines are as old as 38 years (in the case of the Torrontés), this is only the second bottled vintage of Tukma wines. View all Bodega TuKma Wines
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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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11 ratings, 5 with reviews31/30/20132 1/2 stars, fairly priced but grossly overrated.antiqueart - Birmingham, AL42/29/2012Excellent value for the price of $9.99 with free shipping...stands tall at that price. Am not sure its a 91 but would say at least 89. Will buy again at the same deal.richard hirsch - Denver, CO32/5/201241/19/2012very nice, light but rich red41/11/2012at 91 points by WS I thought this wine was underrated and for the price it is a real value.31/11/2012This wine was very good for the price
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%.
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