Chakana Estate Red Blend Selection 2011

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

I know red blends are all the rage in California, but don’t miss the stunning, rich Chakana. Mostly Cabernet and Malbec, with a splash of Syrah thrown in, this blend is a winner for fruit, spice, depth and lushness. Try it with ribs or bring it to a pig roast. Food pairing: red meats Flavor type: fruit-forward Body type: full Finish: rich

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Chakana:
Argentinian telecommunications professional Juan Pelizzatti always had a passion for wine. When the country’s economic crisis hit its peak in 2001, with nothing to lose, he decided to take his family savings and continue the winemaking legacy started with his Italian grandfather. He walked the province of Mendoza in search of suitable land to cultivate, and found 150 ha of it in Agrelo ... Read more
Argentinian telecommunications professional Juan Pelizzatti always had a passion for wine. When the country’s economic crisis hit its peak in 2001, with nothing to lose, he decided to take his family savings and continue the winemaking legacy started with his Italian grandfather. He walked the province of Mendoza in search of suitable land to cultivate, and found 150 ha of it in Agrelo in Lujan de Cuyo. A few old Malbec vines were still alive, and so he sustained these as well as planted new ones, thus founding Chakana. The name means “Southern Cross” and signifies the bridge between Mother Earth and the spiritual world in ancient Incan culture. Vines are planted at a nearly exact 45 degree North-West axis, which not only has spiritual significance in Incan culture, but ensures grapes aren’t hit with direct sun exposure at the hottest part of the day, around 3pm. With careful attention to detail like this, grapes are given the chance to achieve optimal flavor balance and structure. Dry red, white and rosé wines are produced as the Chakana flagship range, reserva and Chakana Estate Selection.  Read less
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External Reviews for Chakana Estate Red Blend Selection

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/17/2013

I know red blends are all the rage in California, but don’t miss the stunning, rich Chakana. Mostly Cabernet and Malbec, with a splash of Syrah thrown in, this blend is a winner for fruit, spice, depth and lushness. Try it with ribs or bring it to a pig roast. Food pairing: red meats Flavor type: fruit-forward Body type: full Finish: rich


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/08/2013

I know red blends are all the rage in California, but don’t miss the stunning, rich Chakana. Mostly Cabernet and Malbec, with a splash of Syrah thrown in, this blend is a winner for fruit, spice, depth and lushness. Try it with ribs or bring it to a pig roast. Food pairing: pasta, red meats, spicy foods Flavor type: fruit-forward Body type: medium-full Finish: crisp


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/29/2013

I know red blends are all the rage in California, but don’t miss the stunning, rich Chakana. Mostly Cabernet and Malbec, with a splash of Syrah thrown in, this blend is a winner for fruit, spice, depth and lushness. Try it with ribs or bring it to a pig roast.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/29/2013

Chakana’s top cuvee is their 2011 Estate Blend, which is 60% Malbec from the Agrelo vineyard and the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Aged 10 months in French oak, this wine displays notes of toast, blackberries, sweet cherries and Asian plum sauce as well as notes of white chocolate and barrique. The wine has great fruit, an opaque purple color, medium to full body, and loads of glycerin, fruit and length. It will drink well for 7–8 years, possibly even longer, and it is a sensational value.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/31/2013

Chakana's top cuvee is their 2011 Estate Blend, which is 60% Malbec from the Agrelo vineyard and the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Aged 10 months in French oak, this wine displays notes of toast, blackberries, sweet cherries and Asia... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2011 Chakana Estate Red 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/15/2013

The 2011 Chakana Estate Selection Blend consists of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec and 20% Syrah and is aged for 12 months in French oak (30% new). It offers a smooth, seductive bouquet of macerated dark cherries, strawberry, iodine and black currant pastilles that is succinctly defined and perfumed. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely, ripe, rounded entry that belies the structure underneath that never imposes upon its caressing, focused finish, which offers magnificent minerality and tension. This is a truly superb wine from the Uco Valley, one supremely well-crafted. Drink now–2018.



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