2012 Chaman Malbec Reserva Mendoza

SKU #1209562 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chaman Malbec Reserva is from La Consulta from vines planted in 2006, has ripe aromas of dark cherries, and is juicy and spicy, floral and perfumed, with ripe, sweet tannins, good acidity and pure, clean flavors that call for the next sip, like an explosion in the mouth, with a salty, tasty, mineral finish. Great Malbec and even better price. Drink now-2018.  (4/2014)

K&L Notes

Luis Reginato, a real student of winemaking as well as organic viticulture (he is a particular fan of Randall Graham's writings), produces this Malbec from fruit grown exclusively in the La Consulta area of the Uco Valley. Dark berry fruits are intense, penetrating the palate as one would expect from a solid Malbec made in this very good vintage. The key here is that there is also freshness to balance the intensity, a recurring theme over the past few years in Argentina's better Malbec-based wines. (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinian & Chilean wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2016 | Send Email
This pretty and opulent Malbec has a lovely nose of crushed violets and Ludens cherries. On the palate, it is rich and smooth with dense cherry fruit, ripe raspberries and just a hint of anise and minerals. A wonderful vale and a wine that should please nearly everyone.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2015 | Send Email
Eminently drinkable, fun and approachable, this would be a great party wine! The Chaman Malbec shows luscious aromas of dark fruit, cedar and chocolate. Full-bodied on the palate, the wine shows pleasant acidity, very soft tannins and full, ripe fruit with just a hint of pepper spice. Great buy at this price!

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2015 | Send Email
Dark, intense yet super drinkable, Chaman conjures up a deep black cherry nose with notes of spice and earth. The wine is fresh with ample body and a ripe rich fruit that ends with a dash of chile-spiked cocoa powder. Drink cocktail style or plan a chimichurri cook out for $12 bucks you just can't go wrong.

Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2015 | Send Email
This is a beautifully balanced Malbec! The slightly floral, dark berry, and black cherry aromas are enticing, to say the least. On the palate, this wine sings due to the lively acidity in perfect balance with the dark berry flavors. Very impressive!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2015 | Send Email
This is a beautiful Malbec from a great vintage! Luis Reginato is one of the increasing number of very talented, engaged winemakers in Argentina, someone who understands wine from both the viticultural and oenological standpoint. Chaman has beautiful dark cherry and plum fruit flavors, with solid structure from both tannins and acidity. Excellent value!

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9