Chakana 2011 Estate Selection Malbec
100% Malbec | Alc: 14.5% – Big and Bold
Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Densely packed and deep, with sweet flavors of black fruits and bitter chocolate perked up by herbs and licorice. Has the stuffing to support its obvious oak element. In a rather powerful and tactile style, finishing broad and sweet, with serious structure and thrust.
“The 2011 Estate Selection, much like the 2010, is 100% Malbec all from their Agrelo vineyard. Aged in mostly American oak, the 2011 has an inky purple color, plenty of chocolaty blackberry and cassis fruit, good acidity, sweet tannins and a fleshy, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, with briery fruit that sometimes veers toward Zinfandel but pulls back with Malbec’s blacker fruit character.” 92 Pts – Robert Parker
“The 2011 Chakana Estate Selection Malbec comes from Uco and Lujan de Cuyo and is aged for 12 months in French oak (30% new). Tasted twice, it has a delightful bouquet with crisp red cherry, strawberry and vanilla scents that are beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannins and crisp acidity. It is harmonious and focused, with caressing vibrant red berry fruit on the bright, classy finish. This is a sophisticated Malbec: feminine and seductive. Drink now-2018.” 92 Pts – Wine Advocate, Neal Martin
“Saturated, deep ruby-red. Sexy, syrah-like aromas of raspberry, blackberry, blueberry and game. Dense, silky and sweet, with harmonious acidity giving clarity to the fine-grained dark berry, violet and game flavors. With aeration, redder fruits emerged. Finishes long and perfumed, with tannins dusting the front teeth. Already boasts superb appeal, but this has the constitution and balance to evolve gracefully in bottle” 91 Pts – Stephen Tanzer
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