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Chakana Estate Malbec
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 Malbec is from Chakana's Altamira (3,200 ft elevation) and Gaultallary (5,500 ft elevation) vineyards.

The color is deep purple, very intense, typical of Malbec. Plum, brambly berries, spices and an iris/violet note are apparent on the nose. Intense, fruity flavors with velvety tannins.

Specifications
Appellation
Uco Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Malbec
Age of vines
10 years
Agricultural Practices
Organic
Soil type
sandy loam with calcareous gravels
Vinification
Fermentation with indigenous yeasts. 70% aged in new & used French oak barrels, and 30% in concrete vats for 12 months. Unfiltered.
Pairings

Excellent with roasted meats, duck, salad, pasta, pizza.

Reviews and News

2017 Chakana Estate Malbec - 92 PTS - WE

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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2017 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90+ PTS - VINOUS

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 - 90 PTS - JS

2017 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"There’s a thread of mountain herbs here, sitting amid ripe plums and blackcurrant. The palate has a very rich and ripe array of red plums that hold the juicy finish. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling (April 2019), 90 pts

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2017 Chakana Estate Malbec - 88 PTS - VINOUS

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 - 93 PTS - Descorchados

2016 Chakana Estate Malbec - 93 PTS - Descorchados

descorchados2018 logo"A new look for Chakana’s wines, this is a blend of Malbec from Altamira and Gualtallary. The wine’s aged in concrete vats (60%), the remainder in well used oak. The fruit is simply delicious, crisp, bracing, loaded with notes of fresh cherries. It’s a red that beautifully expresses place, a mountain wine with all those red fruit elements, but also herbs and spices. The texture seems to firmly latch on to the palate, seemingly unwilling to let go until it finds a nice chunk of roast beef. And the price. Appears to be in jest, but no. It’s not."
- Descorchados 2018, 93 pts

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2016 Chakana Estate Malbec - 92 PTS - TA

2016 Chakana Estate Malbec - 92 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"I’ve never seen such elegance,” says Gabriel Bloise, speaking of the 2016 vintage. This is a zesty, refreshing, adroitly oaked blend of grapes from mostly Paraje Altamira with 30% Gualtallary. Floral and subtle, it has rose petal scents and succulent wild strawberry fruit underscored by acidity. 2019-26."
- Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2018, 92 pts

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2016 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - JS

2016 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Ripe and generous with a hint of caramel, yet enough tannins to keep it on track. If the finish was longer and/or more exciting it would rate higher. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling (April 2018), 90 pts

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2016 Chakana Estate Malbec - 89 PTS - WA

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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2016 Chakana Estate Malbec - 87+ PTS - VINOUS

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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2015 Chakana Estate Malbec - 94 PTS - TA

2015 Chakana Estate Malbec - 94 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Combining 15% fruit from Gualtallary for the first time, this Paraje Altamira-based Malbec is getting better with every vintage. Stylish oak, floral aromas (with a dash of grassy Cabernet Franc) and tangy red berry fruit underpinned by fine tannins. 2018-25"
- Tim Atkin (Argentina Special Report 2017),94 pts

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2015 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - WE

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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2015 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Dark red. Musky aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry and mocha. Supple, attractively glyceral wine with a fine-grained texture and good sappy lift. Classy, delineated, savory Malbec with firming spice and mineral elements and subtle depth and breadth. Finishes with dusty, very fine tannins and building spicy length. This very suave Malbec displays subtle salinity and restrained sweetness.- Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (July 2017),90 pts

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2014 Chakana Estate Malbec - 93 PTS - TA

2014 Chakana Estate Malbec - 93 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Chakana’s wines are getting better with every vintage under winemaker Gabriel Bloise. This concrete-fermented Malbec was aged in old oak and is all about fruit and finesse. Minerally, focused and refreshing, this is long and satisfying with a chalky flourish. 2016-22"
- - Tim Atkin (Argentina Special Report 2016),93 pts

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2014 Chakana Estate Malbec - 91 PTS - WA

2014 Chakana Estate Malbec - 91 PTS - WA

wa91"Bottled in March 2015, the 2014 Estate Selection Malbec seems to have changed its origin to Altamira (but it's not explicit on the label). The wine matured in used 225-liter French oak barrels and cement vats. The nose is ripe and fruit-driven, with aromas of dark cherries and plums plus a subdued minerality and a touch of spices. Most noticeable is the really well-integrated oak (only founder and well-seasoned barrels are used for this wine). The palate is juicy, fresh and has good balance with a somewhat bittersweet finish that is attractive and commercial. This is a great expression of fresh and elegant Malbec from Altamira at a very attractive price point. 130,000 bottles produced. - Luis Gutierrez"
- The Wine Advocate (Issue #220, August 2015), 91 pts

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2014 Chakana Estate Malbec - 91 PTS - W&S

2014 Chakana Estate Malbec - 91 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"Malbec accounts for 60 percent of this blend, adding soft tannins and seductive violet notes to cabernet sauvignon’s firm, tannic structure, while syrah fills in with its meaty, spicy fruit. It’s a complex, rich red from growers in Gualtallary and Altamira, both in the Uco Valley."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (February 2016), 91 pts

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2013 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - WS

2013 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - WS

"wine spectator 90 ptsThis has a deep well of dark currant, kirsch and dried blueberry flavors interwoven with an intense spiciness. Shows a powerful structure, with a pure, fresh and minerally finish filled with loamy and dark chocolate notes. Drink now through 2020. 1,500 cases imported. –KM"
- Wine Spectator (December 31st 2014), 90 pts

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2013 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - JS

2013 Chakana Estate Malbec - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling logo 250"A balanced and pretty malbec with dark berry and mineral character. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. - James Suckling"
- JamesSuckling.com, 90 pts

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2013 Chakana Estate Malbec - 89 PTS - WA

2013 Chakana Estate Malbec - 89 PTS - WA

"wa89This 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 more expensive cuvées include the 2013 Chakana Malbec Estate, a 100% Malbec from the finest vineyards. Aged in both new and one-year-old French oak for 18 months, it reveals a deep plum/ruby/purple color, sweet blackberry and white chocolate notes intermixed with cassis and licorice, medium body, a velvety texture and a lush personality. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. - Robert Parker"
- Wine Advocate (November 2014), 89 pts

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2012 Chakana Estate Malbec - 92 PTS WA

2012 Chakana Estate Malbec - 92 PTS WA

Wine Advocate 92 PTS"Chakana's 2012 Malbec Estate (100% Malbec aged in new and used French oak for 18 months) exhibits a dense, saturated ruby/purple color along with a sweet perfume of charcoal, white chocolate, blueberries and blackberries intermixed with hints of forest floor and spring flowers. A wine of delicacy, suppleness and full-bodied power as well as tremendous harmony and purity, it will provide pleasure over the next 7-8 years."

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker, Issue 208, August 2013), 92 pt

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2012 Chakana Estate Malbec - 92 PTS I-Wine Review

2012 Chakana Estate Malbec - 92 PTS I-Wine Review

iwinereview"Opaque purple. The Chakana Malbec is a lush, meaty wine reveal rich dark chocolate and sweet blackberry in a beautifully concentrated package. It's modern and generous with big, spicy flavors and well-integrated oak that linger and linger. Aged in new and used oak barrels for 18 months."

I-Wine Review (December 2013), 92 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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