Compared to the regular 2006 Malbec from Chakana, this wine steps up in weight class and wins the crown. It’s a serious but inviting red with spongey, ripe berry aromas topped by pure raspberry, cherry and cola flavors. It’s both racy and composed, with a pile of bitter chocolate on the long finish. Good through 2009 at least.
Solid, condensed and smooth on the nose, with aromas of mocha and bold berry fruit. The palate is racy and deep, with lively blackberry and cassis flavors. Made from a mix of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this is long, big and attractive, and the structure is just right. Drink over the next four years.
Heavily toasted and loaded with black cherry and blackberry aromas, this blend of Cabernet, Malbec and Petit Verdot pushes cola, chewy plum and black-fruit flavors. The back end is all about coffee, mocha and bitter chocolate, and as a whole this wine shows Argentina in a fine light. As for the winery, Chakana almost always gets it right.
Attractive lavender and violet notes accent typical black-fruit aromas, and the result is a mix of syrup and fresh summer plums. The palate is exceedingly ripe as it bursts with blackberry flavors and a heavy underblast of chocolate. Tight on the finish, but only at first. Soon it expands to reveal toasty, burly flavors and tannins. Delicious and sporty. Imported…
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that this is a very nicely made, fully healthy Shiraz. The bouquet is just right, with smoky nuances to the full-fledged dark fruit aromas. The palate is racy and juicy, but plush with black berry and plum. And the balance is right on. Smells good, tastes good and feels good.
Few Argentinean wineries are doing everyday red wines better than Chakana. A case in point is this excellent, superbly balanced, easy-drinking Cab. The nose is meaty, earthy and magnetic, while the palate is ripe, harmonious and full of cassis and raspberry. It’s fruity more than complex, with stature and style.
Chakana strikes again with this excellent value-priced Malbec. The nose hits firmly with smoke and rubber before settling on ripe black fruit notes. Then the palate holds form, with blackberry making its mark before chocolate fills the void. Great depth and purity for a wine not meant to be complicated.
Dry, dusty cassis aromas are full and friendly, with added notes of earth and graphite. The mouthfeel is round, full and fresh, with tight acids and dry, woody, spicy flavors of black fruit that are accented by vanilla and butter. It finishes toasty and lengthy, with a comfortable fade. Only 350 cases were made.