Chakana Malbec Agrelo Estate Selection 2011

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

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.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Malbec
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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 Malbec Agrelo Estate Selection

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/27/2013

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.


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

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



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