Friday, December 16, 2011

Review: *** $ Lujan de Cuyo's Kaiken Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Malbec and Mendoza, Argentina, always go together well.  In the past, I sampled a Kaiken Ultra Malbec and liked it a great deal.  Today, we are trying the value-priced malbec from this same producer.

Original tasting and review : This is Lujan de Cuyo's Kaiken Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Kaiken Malbec shows as black blood red, opaque from about a quarter inch from the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, vigorous, well-oaked fruit with purple tones.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep, flashy and bold.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright blackberry, soaring into your cheeks with the high alcohol, notable tannins and distinct acids.  Lodges there for a long finish that drips purple fruit for awhile.  Seems like a long decant might serve this well. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value at its low price point.

Following long decant, three full days kept cool in partially filled bottle: Consistent nose, now softer.   Consistent palate too - held up nicely to air without breaking apart.

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