Catena Alta Malbec 2010 1.5L
Catena Alta Malbec shows a deep violet color, with blue reflections. The nose is elegant and complex with ripe red and black berry fruits, notes of violets and lavendar and a touch of leather, spice and vanilla flavors. The palate is full and rich with soft and sweet tannins and a silky, smooth structure. Multiple layers of rich cassis, black currant and blackberries are interwoven with hints of licorice and black pepper. Its lengthy finish is marked by wonderful minerality, finely grained tannins and lively acidity.
Pair with braised duck with apples or grilled beef filet.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Catena Alta Malbec is composed with fruit from Angelica, La Piramide, Nicasia and Adrianna and there was about 30-40% whole-cluster fermentation with a pinch of Viognier and Cabernet Franc. As with many others, the fruit from four different vineyards created different lots from different stages of harvests and different fermentation methods. A pure exercise of blending a selection of available wines from this painstaking working method. It feels riper than the Alta Cabernet, quite dark, with aromas of ripe plums, blackberries and a touch of spices, but with air the nose comes back with a strong violet note. It is medium-bodied, with good acidity, clean and pungent flavors, ending long and supple. Excellent. Drink 2014-2020. "
Wine & Spirits - "Ripened to a decadent richness, this is focused on sweet black fruit flavor and exotic spicy aromas. It feels huge, with a concentration of black cherry fruit, its syrup-like texture tamed by acidity. Blended from several vineyards in the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo, this is finely crafted in an international style."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Bright ruby-red. Superripe aromas of blackberry, black cherry and spicecake show an almost porty quality. Rich, sweet, layered and deep; extremely dense but not at all edgy or dry. With its kirsch-like porty ripeness, this boasts compelling sweetness. Can't quite match the Catena Alta cabernet for sheer structure but the finish is broad and long, with classy tannins."