Ksana Malbec 2009
Malbec from Argentina, South America
We strive to achieve a Malbec with a deep purple color, with a high intensity of blackberries, blueberries, plums and milk chocolate.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Malbec was sourced from vines averaging 52 years in Agrelo and Las Compuertas. It was aged for 8 months in French and American oak. Opaque purple in color, it sports a racy perfume of spice box, tobacco, floral notes, black cherry, and black raspberry. Medium-bodied with a sense of elegance, it has the structure and balance to evolve for 1-2 years, although there is no reason to delay gratification."
The winery was founded and is owned by Marcela Gonzalez Riesgo and Héctor Durigutti. Marcela is a well-respected agronomical engineer and Héctor is one of the most famous winemakers in Argentina. Their families are best friends and they decided to work together on a small, ultra-premium project --using an amazing 90 year-old vineyard as the base-- that became Ksana.
The name Ksana comes from Sanscript and means instant. For the Buddhists it refers the moment in which infinity is experienced in an instant. Likewise, we believe at the moment of tasting a wine, one experiences its vineyard's history and winemaking process. The correct combination of these is what will make a wine last in your memory forever. View all Ksana 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.