2009 William Knuttel "Tentadora" Malbec Salta Argentina
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."