Full Review

Chakana Estate

Chakana Estate
2014 Estate Selection Red Blend, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Other Argentine Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$26.95

Chakana Estate
2014 Estate Selection Red Blend, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Other Argentine Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14.5%
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry tart, herbal honeycomb, and pressed flowers with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, long finish manifesting notes of spiced craisins, sundried and pickled tomatoes, and toffee with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, concentrated red blend that reward now and in the future.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: berry tart, herbal honeycomb, and pressed flowers
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of spiced craisins, sundried and pickled tomatoes, and toffee
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs, Grilled Steak With Red Wine Demi-Glace, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, concentrated red blend that reward now and in the future.

The Producer or Importer

Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.

The Producer or  Importer
331 Victory Rd
Winchester, VA 22602
USA
1 540-722-9228

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
While Malbec from Argentina has taken the American market by storm, there are other reds produced in that country. Planted in only slightly less quantity than Malbec is a red variety called Bonarda. However, we usually use the term 'Other Argentine Red' to refer to wines made with blends of red wine grapes, mostly Bordeaux varietals. These wines are usually modeled stylistically after drier Old World claret style wines versus the juicy, fruity style of Argentine malbec that has become so popular.

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