Wines of the Week – Reds From Chakana Estate

“An incredible discovery for me, this winery was founded a decade ago and named after the Southern Cross (“Chakana” is the local Indian dialect for that constellation). It is located approximately 20 miles south of Mendoza in Agrelo. All of these wines are highly recommended, and all are fabulous bargains.”  Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate

Not a bad lead-in huh?  Now, more on the wines.  The first wine is 2010 Estate Selection Malbec, all from the Agrelo vineyard, aged for 18 months in French oak.  It is dark in color and offers up an intense nose of dark berries, violet, mocha and oak spice.  The palate is supple and concentrated, with ripe blueberry, black cherry and plum fruit followed by notes of vanilla, spice box and cocoa.  It will drink well over the next 5 to 6 years. 93 points – Robert Parker 

Regular Price: $25.99
Sale Price: $22.09/bottle if you buy 6
(through 10/16 or as long as supplies last)

The second wine is the 2011 Estate Red Blend, which is composed of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah aged for 10 months in 100% new French oak.  Nearly opaque/purple in color, it displays oodles of ripe blackberry and sweet red cherry along with over the top notes of plum sauce, white chocolate and oak spice.  It should hold up nicely for 7 to 8 years, but why wait?!  94 points – Robert Parker 

Regular Price: $27.99
Sale Price: $23.79/bottle if you buy 6
(through 10/16 or as long as supplies last) 

That’s 15% off and you can mix the two to create your six pack.  

The only rule is that you must mention that you saw this offer via the e-newsletter or the website to get the sale price. 

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