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At heart, Catena is a story about family. Family who poured their lives, passion and spirit into transforming scrub-laden desert into some of the most beautiful and unique vineyards in the world. Family that passed their knowledge from generation to generation, blending collective memory with state-of-the-art science from the new world of viticulture. Family who, through risk-taking, faith and a little luck, transformed their treasured Mendoza terroir into the fountainhead of the award-winning...
Catena Alta 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon presents a dark, opaque violet color with blackish tones. Very intense and concentrate wine. With aromas of ripe black fruits, hints of tobacco and vanilla from the French oak barrels. The palate is full and rich with concentrated flavors of cassis and spicy notes. Tannins that gives structure, bright, and lively acidity.
Catena Alta 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from small, carefully selected estate-grown lots in two of the Catena family’s Andean vineyards: La Piramide vineyard (50%) and Domingo vineyard (50%). The blend of these historic lots, like the marriage of sounds that create a symphony, yields a highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations.
Whole berries are hand loaded into small format fermentation bins; lots are treated individually; fermentation and maceration last for 15–35 days. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation finish in barrel; aged for 18 months in French oak, 80% new.
La Piramide Vineyard: 3100 feet
Domingo Vineyard: 3700 feet
Nicasia Vineyard: 3870 feet
The 2011 vintage shows exceptional levels of concentration and complexity. Climate conditions were exceptionally dry. This caused the physiological ripening of sugars to accelerate but the phenological ripening of polyphenols to slow down. In late January, some precipitation moved in which lowered temperatures and brought the physiological and phenological ripening processes back into synchronization. April has been dry and very cool. The grapes still on the vine are developing very nicely and will be harvested in excellent sanitary conditions, with exceptional levels of concentration and complexity.
- 93 Points -
A many-layered, multifaceted wine with great complexity and classic aromas of cassis, blackberry, blackcurrant, coffee and wood spice. Grapes were grown in vineyards that ranged from 940 meters above sea level to 1180 meters. Aged 18 months in new French oak. Full-bodied with great length; elegant and balanced.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
Two vineyards: La Pyramide and Domingo. Some warm cedary notes alongside the chalky black fruits on the nose. The palate is fresh and detailed with some spicy warmth, some grainy, chalky gravelly structure and a nice savoury edge to the blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. Very stylish.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
The 2011 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon is produced with grapes from different Mendoza zones. There are tons of cracked black pepper aromas along with notes of cured meat, meaty blackberries and a herbal hint. It is quite European-styled in its balanced austerity. The serious and balanced palate is medium-bodied with earthy tannins.See detailed press review