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Did I Save $200 by Drinking 2012 Chakana Estate?


The 2012 Chakana Estate Selection, Malbec and 2012 Chakana Estate Selection, Red Blend recently hit the shelves in Washington, DC.  They are a bit hard to ignore because Robert Parker rated the Red Blend 95 Points declaring, “If this were a Napa Valley or Bordeaux red, it would undoubtedly be priced between $150.00-200.00.”   I recently opened both of these bottles then tasted them after being double-decanted for three hours.  They were both tight and not too interesting so I put them back in the Eurocave.  The next day I tried them again.  The Malbec had clean fruit but there was a bit too much oak for me.  The Red Blend was certainly a step up in quality.  Though it remained tight on the nose and in flavor, it had some good components and an incredible aftertaste.  I kept marveling at the wine because the flavors in the aftertaste were exceedingly expansive and persistent.  Even more so than when I had wine in my mouth.   But that is the hitch, I was technically captivated rather than emotionally.  I would be upset if I spent $200 on this wine but at $27 I would stash one away to see if it eventually opens up.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Chakana Estate Selection, Malbec, Mendoza – $20
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is 100% Malbec which was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 18 months in new and used French oak barrels. Alcohol 14.5%.  There were subtle hints of dark red fruit and warmth on the nose.  In the mouth were fresh red and black fruit which alternated between a creamy and rugged feel.  This youthful wine has a firm nature with a slightly rough finish with alternating notes of vanilla and oak. ** Now-2023.

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2012 Chakana Estate Selection, Red Blend, Mendoza – $27
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Shiraz which was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 10 months in 100% new French oak. Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose remained subtle and tight.  In the mouth were fresh, pure fruit flavors which played it close.  There was some cool density to the increasingly purple fruit flavors.   There was a really good aftertaste with black minerals.  In fact the aftertaste was more intense than the finish with drying but not dry structure.  Eventually, assertive, citric tannins came out.  ***/***(*) Now-2025.

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  1. Andrew
    December 9, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Actually, this isn’t the wine Robert Parker gave 95 points to. That would be the label that says: Chakana Mendoza Estate Red 2012. There are other Chakana Red blends- you have to check the label very closely.

  1. April 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm

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