2013 Bodegas Chakana Red

The previous vintage of today's offer was one of the fastest sell out items in the history of Wine Library. Why? Robert Parker rated the wine 95 Points and remarked "If this were a Napa Valley or Bordeaux red, it would undoubtedly be priced between $150.00-200.00." One of the best under $25 bottles of wine you will buy this year. Period. This is as good as it gets for $22.98. A big, rich, silky smooth blend of three of the world's most popular varietals, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Think about all the red wine you buy in this price point. In fact, think about some of the big time Cabernet, Bordeaux or even Brunello that you spend between $25 - $50 on. The 2013 Chakana Red Blend will give many of those wines a run for their money. What really will get you here though is that 60 second long finish. As we mentioned above, it's silky smooth, with just the right amount of structure, the perfect amount of fruit without going over the top ... all in all ... a ridiculous value. Ridiculous scores from critics around the globe. Robert Parker issued back to back scores of 94 Points and 95 Points to the 2011 and 2012 vintage of this wine. As we mentioned above, he raved "If this were a Napa Valley or Bordeaux red, it would undoubtedly be priced between $150-$200". While Robert Parker himself did not review the 2013 vintage, his colleague at the Wine Advocate Luis Gutierrez did, scoring the wine 90 Points and raving "This is a very spicy, high pitched red with good balance between elegance and power, ripe without any excess." Critics around the world have been raving as well. MW Tim Atkins scored the wine 93 Points and remarked "Fresh, complex and subtle with filigree tannins, this is a very harmonious red". In a Decanter panel tasting conducted last month, the 2013 Chakana Red Blend hit 92 Points and outscored Paul Hobbs' Riglos Gran Corte, Quintessa-owned Achaval Ferrer's Quimera and other well known producers including Bodega Norton Privada and Fournier’s Alfa Crux! Made by one of the top winemakers in the world. Alberto Antonini. The 2013 Chakana Estate Selection Red was made by internationally-renowned Tuscan-born enologist Alberto Antonini (Antinori, Frescobaldi, etc.). Antonini was recently selected as one of the top 10 most influential wine consultants on the planet, ranking him right up next to Paul Hobbs, Michel Rolland and Stephane Derenoncourt! In the more than 30 winery consulting roles he has around the world, he has single handedly championed one simple yet refreshingly profound mission…"to create wines with character and a sense of place”. That is what you get with the 2013 Chakana Estate Red. To find out more about this wine, click here! "The Chakana Estate Selection Red Blend complements the silky tannins of Malbec with Cabernet's elegance and Syrah's finesse. It has been matured in french oak barrels for 10 months, to add intensity and complexity. A savory red from our vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco."- Winery [+]