Organic/Bio So when we tasted this in-store and Javier turned his back, Kenly reached over, stole his pour and gave him the empty glass. This is our favorite Mendoza Malbec of the past few years, super savory and meaty in addition to being loaded with rich blackberry and plum fruit. A side project from four friends who own and run the Chakana winery drawing on a single rocky, sloped, vineyard 4,400 feet above sea level. Four different labels, too – one for each of the four partners. Don’t let that distract you, though. This is a heck of a wine.
For You If: The word “savory” appeals more than “fruity;” you like gutsy Rhone reds and are looking for a slight change of pace; you want to understand why Argentina’s national meal is grilled steak and Malbec.
Not For You If: You’re looking for fruity, easy-drinking, overtly oaked Malbec; you want something soft and juicy; you want something a little innocuous – this is FULL of personality!
"I tasted two vintages of the first wine they produced, the youngest of which was the 2020 Malbec, from a warmer and riper year than 2019 tasted next to it. This is a dark, aromatic and ripe Malbec at 14.8% alcohol with mellow acidity and a soft and juicy texture with round tannins. It is quite fruit-driven, with integrated oak after aging in used 500-liter French oak barrels and 5,000-liter oak vat. The vines are now certified organic. 15,000 bottles were filled in February 2022."
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