Cayu Malbec 2007
Malbec from Argentina, South America
For this Malbec, the Cayu team looked to the Uco Valley, a high-altitude rift in the Andean foothills irrigated by snowmelt. An emerging subregion of the long-established Mendoza region, the Uco Valley offers the kind of hot summer days and chilly mountain nights that help create ideally flavored fruit. There, Malbec vines develop small thick-skinned grapes that make wines with deep concentration and a bold, age-worthy structure. Just 600 cases were produced.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Cayu Malbec (100%) was sourced from a single, relatively young vineyard in the Uco Valley. It was aged in barrel for 24 months, bottled without filtration, and then aged for another 12 months in bottle prior to release. Deep purple, it offers up an already complex bouquet of pain grille, mineral, espresso, lavender, black cherry, and blueberry. Dense, rich, and plush on the palate along with a sense of elegance, it will benefit from another 2-3 years of cellaring and will deliver optimum drinking from 2014 to 2022+. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Cola, mint, black fruit and chocolate combine to form the full package in Malbec aromatics. Runs a mile deep in the mouth, with concentration, tannic grip and ripe blackberry, dark plum and cassis flavors. Peppery and chocolaty on the finish, with density and depth. Drink now through 2015."
Cayu, which means "six" in Argentina’s Mapuche dialect, is a new line of small-lot wines from six accomplished winemaking friends—three Argentines and three Chileans. They include Cristobal Undurraga, whose family sold its eponymous Chilean brand in 2006, and Mario and Ricardo Toso, of Argentina’s Bodega Pascual Toso. The six friends’ combined experience encompasses prestigious wineries in France, Napa Valley and Australia, as well as their home countries. View all Cayu 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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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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