Clos de Chacras’s 2008 Cavas de Crianza is a blend of 40% Malbec, 30% Merlot, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a 40-year-old vineyard and aged for 12 months in second-use French and American oak. Purple in color with a pleasing perfume of cedar, spice box, earth notes, violets, black cherry, and black currant, on the palate it is full-bodied, muscular, and sweetly-fruited. It reveals plenty of power but remains light on its feet with good balance and a lengthy, pure finish. Give it 2-3 years to further unwind and drink it through 2023.
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.