Full Review

Chocalan

Chocalan
2013 "Vitrum", Malbec, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .24%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29
Cellar Selection

Chocalan
2013 "Vitrum", Malbec, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .24%
Dark deep purple color. Complex, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of spiced berries and meats, caramelized yams, vanilla toffee, and rice pudding with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long cherry chutney, nutskins, and earth finish with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A wonderfully spicy and savory malbec that will be great at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: spiced berries and meats, caramelized yams, vanilla toffee, and rice pudding
Taste Flavor: cherry chutney, nutskins, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Herb Crusted Pot Roast, Gnocchi Bolognese, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A wonderfully spicy and savory malbec that will be great at the table.

The Producer

Vina Chocalan S.p.A.

The Producer
Clorinda Willshaw 559
Las Condes, Santiago 7550000
Chile
-+562 24374764

Their Portfolio

88 Chocalan 2015 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2016 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
90 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $12.00.
83 Chocalan 2015 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, Maipo Valley (Chile) $16.00.
88 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
86 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
88 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $16.00.
95 Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum", Malbec, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $29.00.
93 Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum" Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $29.00.
94 Chocalan 2011 "Alexia" Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $57.00.
86 Chocalan 2018 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $13.00.
87 Chocalan 2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $13.00.
87 Chocalan 2017 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $13.00.
91 Chocalan 2017 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $13.00.
90 Chocalan 2018 Origen Gran Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio 13.5% (Chile) $18.00.
84 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Chardonnay, San Antonio 13.5% (Chile) $18.00.
83 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, San Antonio 14% (Chile) $18.00.
88 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
89 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $18.00.
93 Chocalan 2016 Origen Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
89 Chocalan 2015 Vitrum Premium Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $27.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Alexia Icon Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $65.00.

Malbec

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
While Malbec is historically known as a red Bordeaux variety, it is Argentina that has given this grape its new found popularity. Bright purple in color with ripe plum and black cherry fruit with moderate acidity, Malbec from Argentina has become the people’s choice among moderately priced red wines ($12-$16 a bottle in domestic markets).

Along with the plum and black cherry flavors, there are notes of pepper, black spice and in a few examples, a note of tobacco. Most versions from Argentina are made for consumption upon release or within the first two years after the vintage date; however, a few producers make long-lived offerings of Malbec from older vineyards that retail for $40 or more.

Malbec can work with a humble foods such as empanadas, hamburgers or grilled chicken or even roast meats or lighter game.