Maipe Malbec 2012
This wine, son of the Sun and the Winds, is produced from grapes grown at the foothill of the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 2,000 ft. above sea level. Its intense color and aromas are the expression of the soils and sun that gave it birth. Deep purple color with violet tints. Complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices, and floral aromas; rounded and velvety tannins. Excellent length with a distinguished character. Excellent when paired with game, roasted red meats, pasta, or pizza.
100% Malbec. Produced and estate bottled by Proviva S.R.L. (AKA Chakana Wines), founded in May 2002 by Juan Pelizzatti. The Chakana, or the Southern Cross constellation, is derived from the Inca word "chakay," which means "to cross" or "to bridge." It is used as a calendar, compass, and symbol by the indigenous people of the Andes highlands. Represented by a square cross with a circular center, it is a symbol of the Universal—a bridge or steps between the earth and the spiritual, thereby creating a perfect union when one crosses over them. As a product of the earth, wine is a dazzling transformer that offers a glimpse of this Universal. Bodega Chakana is trying to create this bridge, a role no different than that of the ancient shamans. Their goal is to create an integral experience by introducing consumers to the taste and culture of the Andes - "to bridge the gap between the material and the spiritual." Maipe was the Lord of the Winds for the ancient Andean Indians. Argentinians still invoke his name to clear the skies after heavy rain or to temper the summer heat.