2014 Kaiken "Ultra" Cabernet Sauvignon Sauvignon Mendoza

SKU #1280135 93 points James Suckling

 Serious and rich aromas with blueberry and blackberry character and hints of almonds. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and bright finish. Drink now or hold.  (5/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 ***Smart Buy*** A ripe and powerful red, with concentrated flavors of dark cherry, smoke and Asian spice that are loaded with chocolate and fresh-ground coffee notes. Creamy and lush on the rich finish. Drink now through 2020. (KM)  (10/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Earthy blackberry aromas are spicy and moderately complex. Structured and sound on the palate, with a strong tannic framework, this tastes of well-defined cherry and cassis. Spice and chocolaty notes on the finish are barrel driven. (MS)  (10/2016)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2016 | Send Email
This lushly textured wine with its intense structure is a big step above what you would expect at this modest price point. A solid core of dark cocoa, cassis, sweet cherry and spice give way to a powerful finish of very fine and grippy tannins. Here the New World ripeness is tempered by the sheer scale of the wine.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2016 | Send Email
If you were a fan of the Kaiken Malbec we had this summer, you will love the Kaiken Ultra Cabernet. Silky, black fruit combines with soft tannin and just a hint of toasted oak to make the perfect everyday sipper, or alternatively a great party wine. If you are looking for a smooth, dark-fruited Cab at an affordable price, this is your wine!

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2016 | Send Email
Fruit forward, great condensed flavors of raspberry and some tobacco leaf on the finish. The crescendo was the slight amount of grip on the back end...which gave the wine more character, texture and length for a wine at this price point. Ultra bargain for sure. Enjoy!
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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2016 | Send Email
You have to excuse the multiple lame puns here but this is Ultra good Cabernet at an Ultra good price point! This wine has a lot of power and richness but also true varietal structure and grip on the palate. It's not a generic, full bodied red, it's true Cabernet Sauvignon and I love that about it. Smoky dark fruit, cedar, graphite, gravely tones with a nice firm tannin structure to hold all the fruit in place long on the palate. A remarkably well put together wine for a very economical price point.
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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/16/2016 | Send Email
Serious! Dark fruits and discreet roasted coffee bean aromas are subtle and balanced. Flavors of currants combine with some lightly savory, pungent Cabernet notes in the background, and feature a combination of mid-palate weight/intensity and a mineral driven freshness as well. Moderate tannins on the finish frame the wine quite nicely. This would be serious, structured Cabernet at under $20, but for under $15 it's definitely one of the Cab bargains of the year for me.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Argentina

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5