Maipe

Maipe was the lord of the winds to the ancient Andean people. The wines are produced by Bodegas Chakana in the Luján de Cuyo subregion of Mendoza. Juan Pelizzatti founded Chakana on May 2, 2002 the day The Souther Cross (Chakana in Mapuche) reaches a perfectly vertical position, marking the beginning of a new farming cycle.

Their vineyards are are both in Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 3,000 feet above sea level. Agrelo is a cool climate region in Argentina’s premier grape growing area. Their three fincas are home to some very special plots of 100+ year old Malbec vines. Currently the estate is in the process of a Biodynamic viticulture conversion and certification. Winemakers Gabriel Bloise, Liliana Iannizzotto and consultant Alberto Antonini are crafting wines that are an expression of old vines, deep rich soils and a commitment to excellence.

Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

This Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense ruby red color with aromas and flavors of ripe blackcurrant, red pepper, mint, chocolate and vanilla hints.

Reviews:

"This large winery in Mendoza, Argentina makes numerous wines under the Maipe, Chakana and Cueva de las Manos labels. Almost all of them represent good values. The 2013 Maipe Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, primarily aged 12 months in French oak, although about one-third of the fruit is aged in concrete. This lush wine is a terrific value in Cabernet Sauvignon, but unfortunately, only 3,000 cases are available in America. Its deep ruby color is accompanied by uncomplicated notes of blackcurrants, licorice and a touch of vanilla. Medium-bodied, straightforward, delicious and surprisingly concentrated for a wine in this price range, it should drink well for 3-6 years. It is not easy to find Cabernet Sauvignon for under $25 a bottle at this quality level, but this 2013 delivers." ~ 88, Wine Advocate November 2014

Price: Fl $128.00, 3cs $124.00, 5cs $120.00, 10cs $112.00
 
Sauvignon Blanc

100% Sauvignon Blanc. Manual harvest.
5 year old vines.
6 hour maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; fermentation with selected yeasts at 13°-15°C

Yellow color with green hints.
Expressive wine, fresh, very aromatic.
This Sauvignon Blanc displays grapefruit flavors, with hints of melon and honey. It finishes with bracing acidity and fresh mouth feels that make it a terrific aperitif and an excellent accompaniment to virtually all seafood, especially shellfish.

Reviews:

Wine Advocate, 87 pts

Price: (12 Bottles) FL $88.00, 3cs $84.00, 5cs $80.00
 
Malbec

100% Malbec. Manual harvested.
35 years old vines.
4 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day-fermentation with selected yeasts at 27°C;
5 days post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
10% aged in American oak for 3 months.

Reviews:

Fresh and bright, with lots of cherry and plum fruit backed by a kiss of violet. Drink now. 40,000 cases made.
- Wine Spectator

Price: Fl $88, $84 5cs, $76 10cs, $72 25cs
 
Rose of Malbec

Intense pink color with violet hints. Fresh red fruit bouquet, strawberry and cherry flavors, balanced acidity, dry and lingering finish.

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Bonarda Reserve

2012 Maipe, Bonarda Old Vine, Reserve 12/750ml
Made from 100% hand-selected Bonarda from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30°C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
The resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir.
This purple-colored Bonarda offers a fruity, Beaujolais-like nose featuring plums and mulberries. A smooth, complex wine with intense, savory fruit flavors, great length and elegance.
Fruity, forward, and easy-going, this tasty effort will match well with bistro cuisine. Drink it over the next 3 years.

Reviews:

2012 Wine Advocate 91 Points
Gives a blast of toast, backed by more modest plum and black cherry fruit. Soft fruit mixes with firm toast on the finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made.
- Wine Spectator

"The 2012 Bonarda Old Vine Reserve is about as good an example of this varietal that one will find. Its saturated purple color is accompanied by an exceptional bouquet of mulberry jam, spring flowers and loads of berry fruit. Although it was aged 12 months in French oak, there is no hint of oak, only super fruit, medium to full body, and a terrific mouthfeel as well as aromatics. This crowd-pleaser should drink nicely for another 2-3 years.

Maipe is one of my favorite value selections from Fran Kysela as the wines are exceptionally well-made, and sell for a song."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 91 pts

Price: (12 Bottles) FL $128.00, 5cs $120.00
 
Malbec Reserve

Made from 100% hand-selected Malbec from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity. Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30°C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
The resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir.

Reviews:

2012 Wine Advocate 91 Points
"The 2012 Malbec Reserve, a 100% hand-harvested Malbec from the estate's finest vineyard parcels. Aged 12 months in French oak, it possesses a softer style than the Cabernet Sauvignon with more minerality as well as lots of blackberry, white chocolate, incense and graphite characteristics. Deep ruby/purple-hued, rich and full-bodied, it is a full-throttle, stunning Malbec to drink over the next 4-5 years.Maipe is one of my favorite value selections from Fran Kysela as the wines are exceptionally well-made, and sell for a song."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 91 pts

Price: FL $128.00, 5cs $120
 
Torrontes

Wine of greenish yellow color and mild aroma of roses, is distinguished by nuances of citrus fruits such as grapefruit and white fruits such as; peach, apple , melon and pineapple. Their optimal level of acidity allows the aromas to enhance and highlighting its natural freshness. This varietal wine has long-lasting smoothness and mouthfeel. Consume preferably at a temperature between 12- 14º C.

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Price: FL $120, 2CS $224, 3CS $312