Chakana Estate Malbec

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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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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