2009 William Knuttel "Tentadora" Malbec Salta Argentina

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Bret Barrett of the Wine Spectrum writes: "William Knuttel’s philosophy has long been to make an enormous range of wines in various styles in any given vintage, for the simple reason that a winemaker only gets to make a limited number of vintages over his lifetime. This wealth of experience has led directly to his adherence to traditional winemaking practices, which lead to balanced, elegant wines that pair well with foods and have excellent aging potential—the hallmarks of classic wine. He has been head winemaker at Saintsbury from 1983-1996, Charlk Hill 1996-2003, and Dry Creek Vineyard 2003-2011. He has his own label William Knuttel, and consults on multiple projects throughout California. Following in the trend of winemakers like Paul Hobbs, Rob Lawson, and Jason Woodbridge, Knuttel has expanded his portfolio to include a wonderful Malbec from Cafayate Argentina. Cafayate is part of Valles Calchaquies in the province of Salta in northwestern Argentina. The Valles Calchaquies is the second most popular wine region in Argentina behind Mendoza. High in elevation, low amounts of precipitation, and cool climate with low humidity, allow the vines to work harder and dig deeper, pulling up more complexity from the different soil layers."

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.