Chakana Estate Malbec

Chakana Estate Malbec

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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2015 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 90 pts"A full blast of cassis and blackberry aromas conveys ripeness, while a side of murky earth is a barrier to greater excellence. On the palate, this is chewy, tannic and rich. Plum and blackberry flavors are familiar for quality Mendoza Malbec, while this feels a bit rubbery and tannic on the finish. For a marginal vintage like 2015, this deserves praise. Drink through 2023. - Michael Schachner"
- Wine Enthusiast (February 1st 2019),90 pts

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2017 Chakana Estate Malbec - 88 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(15% new oak): Dark red with ruby tones. Brooding aromas of blackberry syrup, licorice and menthol are lifted by a hint of violet. Juicy and very primary, with dark fruit and herb flavors dominating. Firmly built and still tightly wound; in need of another six months to express itself. Finishes dry in a positive way, with a solid backbone. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (Argentina’s Wines Enter The World Stage, July 2018), 88 pts

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2016 Chakana Estate Malbec - 87+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Bright, dark red. Pungent Cabernet aromas of redcurrant, mocha, tobacco leaf, peppery herbs and chocolate. A suave, fine-grained midweight with a distinctly herbal element to its flavors of redcurrant, plum, licorice and tobacco; an element of savory minerality offers another dimension. Ultimately a bit green-peppery for my taste, finishing with mouth-dusting, somewhat drying tannins and a repeating herbal quality. This Cabernet is hard to warm to right now but I'd like to see it again in a year or two. Very 2016 in style. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (Argentina’s Wines Enter The World Stage, July 2018), 87+ pts

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2016 Chakana Estate Malbec - 89 PTS - WA

wa89"I find the 2016 Estate Selection Malbec to be riper and oakier, with a dusty palate where the abundant chalky tannins give it a powdery texture. It comes from Paraje Altamira, and only 20% of the wine matured in 225-liter oak barrels. However, it feels like that élevage marked the blend quite a lot. 90,000 bottles produced. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 89 pts

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