A Masterpiece in a Bottle

Working at a world-class art museum in Miami, I spend my day amongst great artworks. From sculpture to painting to film, I know what masterpieces look like. So when I grabbed a bottle the Killka Collection Malbec 2016, I knew it was something special.

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Since its debut vintage ten years ago, Bodegas Salentein has forged an enviable reputation worldwide for producing award-winning, premium quality wines. The estate’s winemaking team, led by the legendary José Galante, is one of the most revered in Argentina. Together, they strive to combine artistry, creativity and passion to craft wines that capture the finest terroirs of the Uco Valley in the famed Mendoza region.

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Killka is the latest creation from this winery and is produced using grapes cultivated on Salentein’s high-altitude vineyards in the Andes (I’ve been into high-altitude wine lately). It is named in honor of the Killka Gallery, the estates world-renowned and award-winning center for the arts, culture, and gastronomy. One of the paintings from the gallery’s permanent collection, El Sillon Azul, or The Blue Chair, by Argentinean artist Alonso Carlos (1929), is featured on the label. Killka is produced just steps away from the gallery in a uniquely cross-shape structure, which like all the buildings on this near 5000-acre private estate, was built by regional craftsmen, using local materials and incorporating indigenous architectural features.

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When I poured it into a glass, I saw that it was dark red in color with hints of purple. It had a dark fruit aroma with floral hints. It is sweet and smooth on the palate, with notes of plum, berries, and slight tannins. It’s balanced and velvety on the mouth. Definitely easy drinking. I paired with some grilled meats (very Argentine of me). You can find it online for under $15. Such a great value. I would definitely drink it again.

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