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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...
The Catena Malbec presents a dark, violet color with deep black tones. This microclimate blend of four unique vineyard sites offers intense aromas with a soft generous texture and concentrated flavors. Angelica vineyard lends ripe plum and chocolate flavors with a very soft, supple mouthfeel. La Consulta vineyard brings a core of black currant and cassis, with excellent structure and length. La Piramide vineyard offers blackberry fruit with a slight earthy tone and notes of spicy black pepper. Finally, the Adrianna vineyard lends exceptional concentration with explosive floral aromatics. Together they give birth to a complex blend of aromas and flavors - a wine with excellent concentration, balance and freshness.
This wine goes through an extensive cold maceration for 8-10 days at 45°F to extract aromas. The juice is then fermented for 14 days with a post-fermentation maceration of 16 days to extract flavors and structure; malolactic fermentation happens in barrel; the wine is aged for 14 months in 70% French oak (35% new) and 30% American oak.
The Catena family has conducted extensive research into the soils and microclimates of Mendoza's high altitude wine country in the foothills of the Andes mountains. At different altitudes, the family’s Malbec vineyards express a unique profile of aromas and flavors: the ripe plum fruit flavors and silky texture of the Angelica vineyard (2,850’ elevation); the dark fruit character and pepper notes of the La Pirámide vineyard (3,100’ elevation); the black cherry aromas and excellent structure of the Altamira vineyard (3,870’ elevation); the explosive floral aromatics full, concentrated mouthfeel of the Adrianna vineyard (5,000’). The blend of these components creates a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.
- 93+ Points -
Carolyn Evans Hammond, July 2016
Malbec has become far more elegant than when Argentina began spinning out oceans of it in the early '90s. Sure, fruit bomb versions with little lift and finesse still exist, but Catena Malbec earned its place as the LCBO's first Vintages Essential Malbec for good reason. Classic aromas of macerated black forest fruit lead to a lifted and elegant attack. Delicate complexity suggests violet, lavender, sandalwood and flint with a lingering finish. So much more than just a big, brawny fruit bomb.See detailed press review
- A- -
James Nevison, June 2016
Finally, an Argentine classic gets an update with a snazzy new water colour-bedecked label. Catena’s Malbec has long been a benchmark for high altitude-grown Malbec grapes, and now the winery stakes the claim with their “High Mountain Vines” moniker. This is classy, balanced Malbec that toes the line between sumptuous fruit and structured savoury grit. It’s both assertive and elegant, which makes it a fine partner for grilled steak or mushroom Wellington.
Bottom line: A- “In a word: supple.”See detailed press review