Chakana Estate Malbec

2018 Chakana Estate Malbec - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"A Malbec combining grapes from Paraje Altamira, Los Chacayes and Gualtallary that spent 10 months in concrete and European oak barrels with no filtration and minimal added sulfites. An expressively fruity profile combines traces of ripe blueberry with fresh sour cherry and a hint of wood and jam. Complex in the mouth, it delivers chalky but gentle tannins with accomplished volume and freshness. An extreme take on Uco Valley Malbec. - Joaquín Hidalgo"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2020), 91 pts

2018 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Also from the estate vineyard in the Uco Valley, the 2018 Malbec Estate is 100% Malbec that was brought up in 70% new French oak. This deeply hued effort has a big bouquet of blue fruits, underbrush, leafy herbs, damp earth, and a touch of rare steak. Complex, meaty, and medium to full-bodied, it has solid purity of fruit, ripe tannins, and a great finish."
- Jeb Dunnuck (August 2020), 90 pts

2018 Chakana Estate Malbec - 93 PTS - TP

tasting panel logo"From elevations over 5,000 feet, the fruit sourced for this impressive red is grown on sandy loan with calcareous gravels. Aged in new and used French oak (70%) and in concrete vats (30%) for 12 months. This is a wonderfully expressive and impressive red. Black cherry, bloody, grilled meat and high acidity intensifies a graphite thread. Black pepper is subtly integrated into the black fruit. A powerhouse with excellent drinkability."
- The Tasting Panel (July 2020), 93 pts

2018 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Crushed plums, mulberries and waxberries with a herbal undertone. Very lifted acidity with crunchy black cherries on the palate, yet it ends somewhat abruptly. A little steely. Drink now."
- James Suckling (April 2nd 2020), 90 pts

2018 Chakana Estate Selection Malbec - 93 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Dominated by grapes from Gualtallary and Los Chacayes, with 15% from Paraje Altamira, this is like a version of the Uco Valley’s greatest hits. Effortlessly combined by Gabriel Bloise, it’s a classic expression of a very smart vintage, with just 10% new wood and layers of fresh, bright, chalky blackberry and blueberry fruit."
- Tim Atkin (March 2020),93 pts

2017 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Full ruby-red. Aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, licorice, minerals and fresh herbs, lifted by a violet topnote. At once seamless and bright, with its black fruit, violet and pungent herbal flavors conveying excellent chalky, saline lift and penetration. This Malbec is still quite young but is more pliant than a sample of this wine that I tried a year ago shortly after the bottling; sharply delineated like my earlier bottle but not dry on the finish. In fact, this wine reminds me of a '16 for its saline minerality and energy, and is has the tightly coiled spring to last very well.. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (June 2019), 90+ pts

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2017 Chakana Estate Malbec - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"Pure blackberry and black-cherry aromas are elevated by a note of exotic Middle Eastern spice. In the mouth, this is firm and tight, with a touch to tartaric bite. Common top-line Malbec flavors of blackberry, cassis, raisin, baking spices and chocolate finish under control. Drink through 2025. - Michael Schachner"
- Wine Enthusiast (October 2019), 92 pts

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