2011 Chakana Estate Red

Year: 2011
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$21.95
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"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.

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. All three of these wines are highly recommended, and all are fabulous bargains in Malbec." (WA)

Winery Notes:
60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz

2 days maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 12 days fermentation with selected yeasts allowed to rise to a maximum of 28°C

Aged for 10 months in French oak barrels (100% new wood)

Deep red color with violet hints. Dark fruits and exotic spices with tobacco and mocha hints.

Elegant, well balanced, harmonious, long persistence with chocolate flavors.