Winery: Montes S.A.

Name: Kaiken

Vintage: 2017

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Varietal: Malbec

Price: $13.95 (on sale from $15.95)

First Sip

I very much enjoy the nose on this wine, deep hits of currants and dark berries. I mean the bottle says dry plum and berries but I wrote currants before I read that so I’m sticking with it!

It is a smooth wine, I quite like it. Full bodied, not too sweet, it has a tiny bite on the first sip but quickly, comfortingly, smothers your taste buds like crushed velvet.

Tasting Notes

Only had a few minutes to spare and this was on sale and featured at the front of the LCBO, so I snatched it up! Enjoying it by the fire on a Sunday evening watching Sex Education on Netflix and and tinkering with my website. It seems to be the perfect wine for that.

It does have a touch of sour acidity that creeps back if you wait too long between sips, but it is fleeting and the smooth, flavourful finish makes up for it.

They do suggest this is a wine to pair with pastas and big flavour meals so, although I’m sipping it by the fire now and have no complaints, I might wait to try this again with some tomato and garlic heavy pasta.

Label Maker or Breaker?

I don’t love the label, but “Kaiken” is named for a goose that migrates between Chile and Argentina, so that’s where is comes from… and I get it. It doesn’t mean I have to like it. It looks plain and I probably would have skipped it based on the label, I wouldn’t go out of my way to put it on display once I had it home and I likely wouldn’t give it as a gift to someone I didn’t know already liked it. It’s a twist off so it doesn’t have a cork to contribute to my collection so overall it scores lower on the label/bottle/package/look scale but really, how much does the label REALLY matter?

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