Chakana 2010 Estate Selection Malbec
100% Malbec | Alc: 14.5% – Big and Bold
Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
The inky 2010 Chakana Estate Malbec displays youthful, fresh aromas of violet and blueberry jam, with vanillin, cedar and dried leaves. Bold on the palate but not over-extracted, this wine has impressive weight that is supported by a good dose of acidity, which keeps it fresh and vibrant. Should drink beautifully for the next six to eight years.
“The silky tannins, sweet red and black fruits, and the big, perfumed nose of black fruits, flowers and white chocolate are followed by a full-bodied, remarkably concentrated wine that is a steal at this price point. Should drink well for 5-6 years.
An incredible discovery for me, this winery was founded a decade ago and named after the Southern Cross (‘Chakana’ is the local Indian dialect for that constellation). It is located approximately 20 miles south of Mendoza in Agrelo.” 93 Pts – Robert Parker
“(from the property’s best parcel): Bright ruby-red. Pure aromas of redcurrant, black cherry, licorice and minerals lifted by sexy oak. Suave, sweet and fine-grained if a bit youthfully unforthcoming today. Harmonious acidity, an element of minerality and a cool suggestion of herbs energize the middle palate. Finishes broad and long, with sweet tannins and noteworthy finesse. Give this a year or two in the cellar to develop more complexity.” 90 Pts – Stephen Tanzer
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