Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml
Redolent of roasted plums, with plenty of dried berry flavors and notes of orange pekoe tea. Inky finish with graphite notes. Drink now. 4,500 cases made.
The 2014 Maipe Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is also 100% of the varietal and is treated similarly to the Malbec Reserve, in that 70% of it was aged 12 months in French oak and the rest in concrete vats. The wine shows notes of cedar wood, loamy soil undertones, blackcurrants, forest floor and spice box. It is rich, ripe, long and obviously Cabernet Sauvignon, especially when tasted next to the Malbec. This is a relatively large operation with multiple levels of labels and designations. All of the following wines fall under the Chakana umbrella, as they have more than 452 acres in Mendoza, and produce more than 150,000 cases of wine. Most of their farming practices are either organic or biodynamic, and they have wines that sell for well in excess of $25 a bottle, but I have kept my recommendations to the value-priced part of the portfolio, as they are well-made wines priced at points consumers will adore. As a note to readers, the wines are listed based on the most prominent name on the label.
96 Robert Parker
The 2009 Cristal literally shimmers on the palate, showing great depth and purity in its sumptuous layers of fruit. It is a magnificent wine endowed with superb length and exceptional overall balance. The 2009 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The percentage of wine aged in oak is 15%, which is down slightly from previous vintages.
Cristal is a remarkably balanced and refined champagne whose length is inimitable. It has a silky texture and fruity aromas, complemented by a powerful mineral quality with white fruit and citrus notes. Cristal is a wine that keeps well: it can be conserved for over twenty years without losing its freshness and character.