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Maipe Malbec Reserve
Chakana
Argentina - Mendoza    - Lujan de Cuyo   

Maipe means "Lord of the Wind" in Quechua. The Andean people still invoke his name to clear the skies after a heavy rain, or to temper the summer heat.

The nose reveals dried plum and dark fruits; exotic spices with hints of violet and chocolate. Round and fleshy with enticing crushed plum and boysenberry fruit, enlivened by a liquorice snap note. Fresh acidity lies buried on the medium-weight, juicy finish.

Specifications
Appellation
Lujan de Cuyo
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% hand-selected Malbec
Age of vines
15 years
Soil type
loam and silty loam
Vinification
The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity. Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30°C, combining, remontage, pigeage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure. Aged 12 months in used French oak barrels.

Reviews and News

2018 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 90 PTS - W&S

2018 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 90 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"Pulled from estate vineyards in Agrelo, at 3,000 feet in altitude, this is fresh and brisk. A year in oak barrels contributed some toasty spice, but the lasting impression is of red fruit—cranberry, currant, red cherry and red plum. Lively, open and lasting, it’s flexible enough to pour with anything, from mac and cheese to sauerbraten."
- Wine & Spirits (October 2020), 90 pts

2017 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 87 PTS - WA

2017 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 87 PTS - WA

wa"The juicy and fruit-driven 2017 Maipe Malbec Reserve is produced with a selection of grapes from Agrelo and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. The oak is barely noticeable and comes through as a soft, easy-to-drink Malbec. 360,000 bottles produced. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 87 pts

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2016 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 88 PTS - WE

2016 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 88 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 88 pts"Despite what seems like a touch of volatility, this Malbec locks in on black-fruit aromas with a pinch of rubber. A pulpy palate is healthy, while this tastes of berry fruits and dark plum prior to a finish with modest intensity and drive. - MICHAEL SCHACHNER"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (September 2018), 88 pts

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2015 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 92 PTS - JS

2015 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 92 PTS - JS

james suckling logo 250"A red with lots of dried fruit and spices follow through to a medium to full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now."
- James Suckling (May 23rd 2016), 92 pts

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2014 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 89 PTS - WINE VALUE - WA

2014 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 89 PTS - WINE VALUE - WA

wa89"The 2014 Maipe Malbec Reserve, from a selection of better exposed parcels aged 12 months in French oak, has notes of cedar wood, blackberry, cassis, espresso bean and plum. It is an attractive, medium-bodied wine with light tannin, but excellent depth, purity and overall equilibrium. Drink it over the next 3-4 years."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2016), 89 pts - Excellent Wine Values for Under $25

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2013 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 89 PTS - WS

2013 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 89 PTS - WS

wine spectator 89 pts"Concentrated red berry, plum and red currant flavors give this plenty of punch. The lively finish shows mouthwatering white pepper and red licorice notes. Drink now through 2018. 10,000 cases made.- Kim Markus"
- Wine Spectator (December 31st 2014), 89 pts

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2013 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 87 PTS - WA

2013 Maipe Malbec Reserve - 87 PTS - WA

wa300"This large winery in Mendoza, Argentina makes numerous wines under the Maipe, Chakana and Cueva de las Manos labels. Almost all of them represent good values. The 2013 Maipe Malbec Reserve is 100% Malbec aged 12 months in French oak. It exhibits notes of blackberries, white chocolate, licorice and spring flowers. Medium-bodied with excellent concentration, a savory freshness and a juicy, succulent finish. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years. - Robert Parker"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 87 pts

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2012 Maipe Malbec Reserve - WA 91 PTS

2012 Maipe Malbec Reserve - WA 91 PTS

wa91"The 2012 Malbec Reserve, a 100% hand-harvested Malbec from the estate's finest vineyard parcels. Aged 12 months in French oak, it possesses a softer style than the Cabernet Sauvignon with more minerality as well as lots of blackberry, white chocolate, incense and graphite characteristics. Deep ruby/purple-hued, rich and full-bodied, it is a full-throttle, stunning Malbec to drink over the next 4-5 years.Maipe is one of my favorite value selections from Fran Kysela as the wines are exceptionally well-made, and sell for a song."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 91 pts

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2011 Maipe Malbec Reserve - W&S - 90+ PTS - Year's Best

2011 Maipe Malbec Reserve - W&S - 90+ PTS - Year's Best

wine and spirits logo 250"Grown in Agrelo, this is a well made take on a modern style, with liqueur-like red and black fruit that speaks to the ripeness of the grapes. Underneath, there’s a tannic base that carries the weight without a problem and acidity that lifts it all, leaving a sense of freshness."

- Wine & Spirits Magazine (February 2013), 90 pts + YEAR'S BEST

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Producer Information: Chakana

Chakana is a family owned winery located 960 meters (3,149 feet) above sea level at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Agrelo, Mendoza. It is one of the leading ...
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