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Chakana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Chakana
Argentina - Mendoza    - Uco Valley

Chakana is the name of the Southern Cross constellation. Its rotation in the sky throughout the year made it an effective agricultural calendar for the ancient Andean people.

The "yaguarete" (jaguar) on the label was known by the ancient Andean people as the "lord of the starred night"; the wildest known animal.

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is from Chakana's Gualtallary vineyard (5,300 ft elevation).

Aromas of black fruit and spices blended with mineral, graphite notes and freshness typical of calcareous soils. The palate demonstrates the power of Gualtallary combined with the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon. A fine chalky texture, which is tight and refreshing.

Specifications
Appellation
Uco Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Age of vines
10 years
Agricultural Practices
Organic
Soil type
sandy loam with calcareous gravels
Vinification
Fermentation with indigenous yeasts and stems (10%). Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, mostly new, and concrete vats.
Pairings

grilled red meat and grilled vegetables (Argentinean Asado)

Reviews and News

2016 Chakana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 PTS - TA

2016 Chakana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"2016 was the second vintage of this impressive Cabernet from the upper part of the Uco Valley, deliberately made in a “European” style by Gabriel Bloise. Leafy, fresh and perfumed, it’s a charming wine that has more backbone and acidity than you think at first. 2019-26"
- Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2018, 92 pts

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2016 Chakana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 PTS - Descorchados

2016 Chakana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 PTS - Descorchados

descorchados2018 logo"Another of the stars of the Estate Selection lineup originates in the heights of Gualtallary, and is a spirited Cabernet, rich in spices, generous with herbal notes, but above all marked by layers and layers and flavors of red fruit in abundance. Here what matters is the power of the Cabernet, it’s hefty granular tannins. A red to drink now with chorizo."
- Descorchados 2018, 92 pts

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2016 Chakana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 90 PTS - JS

2016 Chakana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Maybe this isn't the most structured Mendoza Cabernet, but it's got great berry fruit, some citrus freshness and smooth tannins. Easy to enjoy now."
- James Suckling (April 2018), 90 pts

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Producer Information: Chakana

Founded in 2002 by Juan Pelizzatti, 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. ...
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