Chaman – Petit Verdot Uco Valley – 2014

Chaman wine hails from the Uco Valley (within Mendoza) where the Reginato family has been growing grapes since the 1950’s.  Hailed as one of the “Top 10 Argentine Winemakers to Watch” by The Drinks Business, Luis Reginato is certainly holding to the meaning of Chaman.  “Shaman” in English means a mentor who instills guidance to the present through wisdom of the past (typically associated with the spirit world).  Utilizing his family for guidance, Luis Reginato has begun paving the way for less common varietals (Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc) within the Uco Valley of Argentina which is well known for their ability to grow and produce Malbec.

Utilizing the cool climates within the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Luis believed there was potential in varietals such as Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.  Growing these specific varietals within the Uco Valley produces grapes that fully ripen and mature, creating wines that are balanced and structured.  The incorporating of Malbec (15%) into this Petit Verdot wine transforms the powerful varietal into a “supple, elegant wine with depth and grace.”  Wine enthusiast gave the 2014 Chaman Petit Verdot a score of 89 points.

Visual:  We felt that the wine was medium in color depth and produced a beautiful garnet color with hints of brown towards the rim.  The wine was clear in nature.  The legs of the wine were not that pronounced suggesting that the alcohol content was not overwhelming.

Nose: The aroma of the wine was moderate to aromatic in intensity.  We thought that the wine was still very young in development.  The primary aromas of the wine include black currant and blackberries.  These fruit notes were followed by hints of anise, pepper, and baking spice.  There were also hints of vanilla and smoke that came through suggesting the wine had been aged in oak.  There were hints of a “woodsy or foresty” presence to the wine as well.

Taste: The wine was off dry in nature with a medium body to the wine.  The acidity of the wine was overall smooth but hinted towards the fresh side.  However, the balance of the wine was still good with medium-round tannins on the palate.  The flavor intensity was on the moderate side but the finish was short to medium in nature (ranging from 3-5 seconds).  The flavors on the palate were subtle but we were able to get dark fruits (blackberry and black currant), smoke, pepper and spices.  The wine wasn’t overall complex but was smooth and enjoyable.

Our Overall Impression

  • The wine was delightful – not overly complex.  Very smooth and enjoyable.
  • We thought this wine would pair well with food but could equally be enjoyed by itself.  The wine may not have been the best choice for the meal (given the spicyness of the manicotti) but was able to stand up to the challenge
  • We felt the wine was slight better than what the wine was rated on Vivino but agreed that there was more to be desired from the wine.

Price: $13.83-17.99 (average price)

Vivino Rating: 3.3 out of 5

Our Rating:  89 out of 100

Tasting Date: 12/28/17

What we paired it with: Sausage Manicotti, broccoli and edamame


Wine Name – Chaman

Producer – Luis Reginato

Region/appellation – Uco Valley – Mendoza, Argentina

Grape Varieties – Petit Verdot 85%; Malbec 15%

Vintage – 2014

Alcohol – 13.9%

Barrel – French Oak

 

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