Take a deep inhale of the bouquet and you’re transported to a pine forest. In the mouth, the wine has a nice touch of strawberry jam and a fairly quick, clean finish. (AV 85, http://argovino.com/?p=467)
External Reviews for Chakana Malbec Agrelo Estate Selection
A reserve Malbec from the makers of some of our favorite Argentinian value wines, Maipe, Lexicon and Cueva de las Manos. Incredibly deep and velvety texture, with plus tannins and rich fruit. This wine just has an amazing mouthfeel. Great spice on the back end to add complexity and depth.
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.
A reserve Malbec from the makers of some of our favorite Argentinian value wines, Maipe, Lexicon and Cueva de las Manos. Incredibly deep and velvety texture, with plus tannins and rich fruit. This wine just has an amazing mouthfeel. Great spice on the back end to add complexity and depth. Food pairing: red meats Flavor type: fruit-forward Body type: full Finish: rich
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.
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.
The 2010 Estate Selection seems even better, perhaps because itandrsquo;s had an extra year of bottle age. 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. Both of these should drink well for 5andndash;6 years.
Foxy aromas are in the lead, backed by milk chocolate, a pinch of volatility and minty berry. The feel is good, with candied, herbal flavors of sweet berry and cassis. Sweet, sturdy and still a bit foxy on the finish.