Date:February 02, 2016

2012 Kaiken Ultra Malbec

2012 Kaiken Ultra Malbec

2012 Kaiken Ultra Malbec



he Winerabblers don’t often drink wines this full-bodied so sipping this one was a fun change of pace. Grown in the Mendoza region of Argentina, this Malbec was made using grapes planted in the early 1970s at an elevation of over 3300 feet above sea level. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, some new and some used, the tannins were round and gentle in this wine.

It was a sexy, eggplant purple color that offered very little transparency when held to the light. On the nose, this wine smelled like a hot summer afternoon spent picnicking in a plum orchard bordered by ripe blackberry bushes. We found it had a mouthfeel that gently caressed our tongues as we tasted both the blackberries and plums, along with black cherries and bacon fat. This is a chewy Malbec with a lot of viscosity.

Big and bold, we would recommend opening the bottle and pouring enough in a glass to get the wine down to the bottle’s “shoulders” in order to allow it a little time to breathe. It could use a good ½ hour or longer with some exposure to oxygen to really open up and blossom in your glass.

This wine could really be a meal all by itself but if you must eat, we would pair it with creamy cheeses and bread (or crackers), cheeseburgers or blackberry cobbler topped with whipped cream.

Drink now through 2026 but if you choose to drink it young, please decant for at least ½ hour before serving.

SRP $15.

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  1. Melinda Reply

    I’m going to have to look for this one….I love Malbecs!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Hi Melinda- I think it’s pretty readily available so let us know what you think if you do buy it!

  2. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife Reply

    Yum. This one sounds right up my alley. I’ll have to look for it! Thanks!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      You’re welcome Marlynn! Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Create/Enjoy Reply

    That sounds delicious! I’ve tried a couple really good Malbec befores, it’s a nice grape.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      We like Malbecs too but just don’t drink them often since it’s not an easy grape to grow in the Willamette Valley. Please let us know which ones you’ve liked as we probably should be drinking more Malbec!

  4. Mary Reply

    I love all of the Kaiken wines. Excellent values!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Mary- we thought their malbec was delightful, especially for the price!

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