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2017 4 Gatos Locos Malbec - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"There is a new and notable addition to Chakana’s portfolio: the 2017 4 gatos locos Malbec from a new vineyard they acquired in Tupungato Winelands in Gualtallary. The nose is clean and ripe, and there’s a juicy and nicely concentrated palate with fine grained, dry and chalky tannins. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats and matured in new 500 liter barriques and 5000 liter oak vats for 18 months. It could do with a little more freshness, but I guess that’s the ripeness of the warm and low yielding year. I look forward to tasting the 2018. A great debut. 9000 bottles were filled in December 2018. - Luis Gutiérrez"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 92 pts

2017 4 Gatos Locos Malbec - 93 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Made with fruit from ten-year-old vines in Gualtallary on soils with a high calcium carbonate content, this new wine is spicy and highly perfumed, with notes of rosemary and oregano, dense, compact tannins and a firm, chiselled finish. 2022-30"

- Tim Atkin (Argentina 2019 Special Report), 93 pts

2018 4 Gatos Locos Malbec - 93 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts

 An opaque color and aromas of crisply spiced blackberry and smoke form the opening on this fine Malbec from Gualtallary in the Uco Valley. A concentrated palate is anchored by grabby tannins that should resolve with more bottle age. Toasty blackberry and cassis flavors are backed by chocolaty notes, while this feels smooth and doesn't grind on the finish. Enjoy through 2023. - Michael SCHACHNER"

- Wine Enthusiast (April 2021), 93 pts, Editors' Choice

2018 4 Gatos Locos Malbec - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"The 2018 Malbec is a dark and aromatic Malbec with the herbal and somehow wild profile of the best wines from the limestone soils from Gualtallary. The vines are in the process of being certified organic and were planted in 2009. This fermented with 10% full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in 5,000-liter oak foudres and 500-liter oak barrels for 24 months. The nose is floral with notes of violets and the telltale aromas of rockrose, a plant that grows in the zone. It's ripe without excess, juicy, with fine and chalky tannins, a soft texture with nice balance and freshness and a sensation of sweet ripe fruit in the finish. 18,000 bottles were filled in March 2020. - Luis Gutiérrez"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2021), 93 pts