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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Chakana Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

ChakanaUpon pouring a glass of the Chakana Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (Mendoza, Argentina), your nose is greeted by aromas of brambly blackberries and cedar. In the mouth the wine is medium-bodied, with flavors of dried cherries and tobacco and firm, steak-taming tannins; the finish is long and dry. It's unmistakably Argentine, and very good.

Chakana consistently makes excellent wines at reasonable prices. This Cab, which is one of the four varietals offered in their range of entry-level wines (the others are Bonarda, Malbec and Shiraz), is a great value at $10. Chakana's winery is new and efficient, and the cost of producing this line is further reduced by using oak tank staves instead of wooden barrels for aging. Purists may scoff at such methods, but the fact is that they do allow winemakers to achieve the effects of barrel aging at a fraction of the cost. If the result is more control for the winemaker and better inexpensive wine for me, I can adjust my thinking!
M. Zane Grey, 8:44 AM