Friday, January 17th from 4 to 7 p.m. — $5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts – Come “wine down” your week with us this Friday and get your week end off to a good start! This week, we’re going to pour just two red wines, but they’re quite special, at least wine critic Robert Parker thinks so (we do too!). Many of you have tried and loved past vintages from Argentina’s Chakana Winery, and their 2012’s have just arrived with some glowing reviews.
First up, you’ll get to taste the Esate Selection Malbec, which Parker described as “a wine of delicacy, suppleness and full bodied power as well as tremendous harmony and purity.” Next up, you’ll taste the Estate Red, a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah; Parker said “If this were a Napa Valley or Bordeaux red, it would undoubtedly be priced at $150 to $200.” It’s going to be a really tasty-good time!
Remember, if you’re a Grape Nut, you can stop by anytime on Friday, not just between 4 and 7, to taste the wines for free. Even better, there will be a special Grape Nuts price on both of the wines.
1. 2012 Chakana Estate Selection Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina): “Chakana’s 2012 Malbec Estate (100% Malbec aged in new and used French oak for 18 months) exhibits a dense, saturated ruby/purple color along with a sweet perfume of charcoal, white chocolate, blueberries and blackberries intermixed with hints of forest floor and spring flowers. A wine of delicacy, suppleness and full-bodied power as well as tremendous harmony and purity, it will provide pleasure over the next 7-8 years.”
Robert Parker – 92 points
2. 2012 Chakana Estate Red Blend (Mendoza, Argentina): “The 2012 Estate Red is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Shiraz aged 10 months in 100% new French oak. This killer red comes from Chakana-s two well-placed vineyards in southern Mendoza, Agrelo and Alta Mira. Aromas of flowers, blackberries, camphor, forest floor and subtle new oak emerge from this full-bodied, textured, opulent blockbuster. Extremely pure and rich, this bargain-priced Malbec should drink well for 6-10+ years. If this were a Napa Valley or Bordeaux red, it would undoubtedly be priced between $150.00-200.00.”
Robert Parker – 95 points