This wine has a dominant taste and bouqet of vanilla. There is a fair bit of oak in the taste and there is a distinctive bouqet of earthy tones. There is little to no fruit flavors left. Some smokeyness as well. This wine is not bad, I’d say an 88. Quite pleasant to drink. A while back I read a book that talked about Parkerization. It referred to making wines explicitly for ratings. Parker seems to like big Oak. I would say this one was Parkerized … For my money I’m not sure I’d run out and buy more …
KAIKEN ULTRA MALBEC 2006
The producer recommends decanting this wine 30 minutes before drinking.
TASTING NOTE: Inky hue with a fuchsia rim. Fresh aromas of plum and blueberry with a note of charcoal. Lively black cherry fruit with a smoky oak nuance threaded throughout. The close is youthful, tannic and acidic with plenty of peppery black fruit. Score – 91. (Tasting panel,www.thewinenews.com, Aug./Sept. 2008)
http://www.lcbo.ca/lcbo-ear/ProductResultsController?ITEM_NUMBER=50849 (D) 750 mL $22.95