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2014 KAIKEN TERROIR SERIES CABERNET SAUVIGNON

$20.00 $17.00

Argentina might be best known for Malbec production, with more than 50,000 acres planted, however Cabernet Sauvignon isn’t far behind with 47,000 acres.  Similar to Malbec, the Cabernet Sauvignon grape loves the ample sun light, and rocky, well-drained soils found in the higher-elevation vineyards in parts of Argentina.  The ideal combination will often produce a robust Cabernet with generous, concentrated dark fruits, intense violet, crushed rock and spices.  A great example of this is the Kaiken Terroir series Cabernet which comes from the Vistaflores Vineyard in Mendoza at 1,300 feet in elevation.  This stunning Cabernet offers intense black fruits fruits, followed by a cascade of dark chocolates, Mediterranean spices, and minerals that unwind methodically across your palate…

Composed by winemaker Aurelio Montes Jr, whose experience includes making wine in Australia, Chile, Argentina, and even Napa Valley, where he performed winemaking duties for Franciscan Estate, the winemakers high level of expertise is evident in this remarkable wine.   After resting for around 12 months in French oak barrels, this full-bodied red unfolds dramatically on the palate and showcases densely packed, multi-level flavors that are rarely found at this price point.  At just $17/btl, you might want to get a couple 15-Packs to share…

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Description

2014 KAIKEN TERROIR SERIES CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Intense red color. Powerful in the nose, showing a varied gamut of aromas, which give elegance to this wine. Red fruit aromas, such as plum, can also be detected, along with the floral notes characteristic of Malbec. Chocolate and vanilla from oak aging. Powerful in the mouth, yet very soft and silky, backed by the structure and depth of Petit Verdot.

Grape Varieties: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot

vineyards: The grapes used to make our Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from our Vistaflores vineyard—located 1,300 meters above sea level.

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Our 2014 Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot exhibits the best of each variety used in this elegant blend. This wine of deep red color with shades of ruby displays ripe red fruit in the nose reminiscent of plums and notes of cherries intertwined with black fruit, spices, chocolate and coffee aromas from the blending process and French oak aging. In the mouth, the unmistakable power of Petit Verdot provides firm tannins that linger in the palate. Fruity flavors appear once more leading to an elegant finish with a soft texture.”

Ed’s Notes, “I don’t ever recommend bottles sub-$20 unless they are absolutely amazing for the QPR (quality to price ratio), and the last thing I want is a headache after enjoying a bottle… so after our initial tasting, I bought a case of “samples” just to make sure. Guys and Gals, This is great juice- I blew that first case in less than a week… the fruit component here is delicious, but what I really like and enjoyed about this wine is there is a very small amount of compound SO2; winemakers add sulfites during the process to preserve the wine and maintain shelf-life. Sulfites are also naturally occurring even in Organic Wines. Usually the sub-$20 wines have more sulfites; compared to premium and ultra-premium, and that’s also why I absolutely love luxury and ultra-luxurious wines… lower SO2 levels suggest superior fruit – hence the price tag of a Napa Cab. I’m a wine dork, and I made wines as well living in Napa, so I’m also a wine geek, so before I get too far into this… I have an SO2 allergy, so I cant drink lousy wines… trust me, grab a 15-pack case, or two, this is VERY GOOD JUICE!” Cheers! Ed