Producer: Chakana Style: Red Wine Grape Type:Malbec Origin: Argentina Region:Argentina
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2010
($20; 60% malbec with 20% each cabernet and syrah; aged 18 months in new French barriques Densely packed and deep, with sweet flavors of black fruits and bitter chocolate perked up by herbs and licorice. Has the stuffing to support its obvious oak element. In a rather powerful and tactile style, finishing broad and sweet, with serious structure and thrust.
Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.
The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina. Read More »
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