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Ksana Malbec 2008

Malbec from Argentina
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14% ABV
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We strive to achieve a Malbec with a deep purple color, with a high intensity of blackberries, blueberries, plums and milk chocolate.

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Very fleshy, with plum, fig and boysenberry paste flavors liberally layered with dark toast and espresso notes, followed by a broad finish. For the hedonist crowd. Drink now through 2012.
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Ksana, , South America
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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.

Tiny and entirely composed of craggy, jagged and deeply terraced vineyards, Priorat is a Catalan wine-producing region that was virtually abandoned until the early 1990s. Its renaissance came with the arrival of one man, René Barbier, who recognized the region’s forgotten potential. He banded with five friends to create five “Clos” in the village of Gratallops. Their aim was to revive some of Priorat’s ancient Carignan vines, as well as plant new—mainly French—varieties. These winemakers were technically skilled, well-trained and locally inspired; not surprisingly their results were a far cry from the few rustic and fermented wines already produced.

This movement escalated Priorat’s popularity for a few reasons. Its new wines were modern and made with well-recognized varieties (old Carignan and Grenache blended with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot). When demand came, scarcity commanded higher prices and as the region discovered its new acclaim, investors came running from near and far. Within ten years the area under vine practically doubled.

Priorat’s steep slopes of licorella (brown and black slate) and quartzite soils, protection from the cold winds of the Siera de Monstant and a lack of water, leading to incredibly low vine yields, all work together to make the region’s wines unique. While similar blends could and are produced elsewhere, the mineral essence and unprecedented concentration of a Priorat wine is unmistakable.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

EPC17043_2008 Item# 108040

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