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Ruca Malen Kinien de Don Raul 750ML 2011
Sku: 50038
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Critics Ratings:   (1)
Product Information
Country: Argentina
Region: Cuyo
Sub-Region: Mendoza
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Petit Verdot
Type: Still wine
Reg. $73.69
Web Only Sale $54.29
Buy Ruca Malen Kinien de Don Raul
Wine Advocate 91 points - Produced as a homage to legendary winemaker Raul de la Mota, the 2011 Kinien de Don Raul is a barrel selection of the best found from the winery in 2011. The best ended up being a blend of 64% Malbec, 14% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah that aged for one year in new barriques and a further six months in used ones after the blend was done. At this point in time the nose comes through as dominated by oak aromas, spices, smoke and cured meat, and it’s not easy to reach the core of ripe black fruit that is more noticeable in the palate, though the sweet spices and charred oak flavors take the lead there too. It’s a powerful, well-oaked, international-style red blend that will need a good couple of years to try to integrate all that oak. For fans of the style. 8,000 bottles.  (Aug 2015)

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Wine maker notes
From the Mapuche language meaning “unique,” Kinien is the icon line of wines from Ruca Malen produced from 100% Estate-grown fruit in limited quantities. Kinien de Don Raul was named in honor of Argentinean wine visionary, Raul de la Mota, who produced the first vintage of this wine in 2005. Don Raul is a blend of the finest barrel selections produced in only the best vintages in limited quantities. It is elegant and rich with intense aromas of blackberries and plums, followed by sweet baking spices, toasted vanilla, and caramel notes. Full in body, and well-balanced, this age-worthy wine is supported by round tannins through the extended, smooth finish. The final blend is aged in new 90% French and 10% American oak barrels for 18 months.

Technical notes
60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

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