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2012 Chakana Estate Selection Malbec

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

2 available
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Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

2 available
Bid *
Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

92Robert M. Parker Jr.

...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...

90Stephen Tanzer

Musky aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Dense, thick and plush but not at all overly sweet. The dark berry flavors are accented by a subtle herbal quality. This seamless malbec finishes with sweet tannins and noteworthy persistence.

16.5Jancis Robinson

REGION

Argentina, Mendoza (Cuyo), Luján de Cuyo, Agrelo Pedriel

Luján de Cuyo was Argentina’s first official wine appellation when it was established in 1993. The appellation is named for the city of Luján de Cuyo, the department capital. Vineyards in this appellation are in the upper Mendoza Valley, and they are often at altitudes of 3,300 feet or more. The soil is sandy and alluvial with clay underneath and moderate rainfall encourages growth. Historically the area grew pink skin grapes for slightly sweet pink or white wines. Since the late 1980s, however, Malbec has been Mendoza’s most important grape, since it makes a rich, dark, robust, age-worth red. The second most important red grape is Bonarda, which is thought to be the same grape that California growers know as Charbono. Italian and Spanish red grapes including Sangiovese, Barbera and Tempranillo were brought by immigrants, and they are grown today. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Torrontés and numerous other red and white grapes are also grown successfully. Considered by many to be the most desirable wine appellation in Argentina, Luján de Cuyo has attracted attention from international winemakers and producers.

TYPE

Red Wine, Malbec

This grape produces a dark red wine with plenty of tannins. It is one of the six grapes allowed for blending red Bordeaux wines. Malbec is also the flagship variety of Argentina. The grape needs a lot of sun and heat to mature. It adds complexity and intensity to blends.