Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Member Review by jtryka:

Tonight we enjoyed a 2007 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina. Now certainly Argentina is known not for Cabernet but for the classic Malbec which has put the nation on the wine map over the last decade or so, but I must admit, I'm not a big Malbec fan and the Cab was exceptional! The wine had a nice nose of blackberry, leather and earth, not unlike a very nice Cabernet from Napa or the Columbia Valley. But the taste was wonderful, very dry, with flavors of black cherries and licorice and a long smooth finish. As for my rating, I would put this one at a solid 4.5, but again I was not privy to the cost which might move that rating up or down, especially given restaurant pricing!

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Blending different varietals, different lots and even different vintages is an art as old as winemaking itself. In Bordeaux, the blending of the famous five - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec - is a centuries old art. Each component is thought to add a level of complexity to the wine. Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyard manage... Read more
Blending different varietals, different lots and even different vintages is an art as old as winemaking itself. In Bordeaux, the blending of the famous five - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec - is a centuries old art. Each component is thought to add a level of complexity to the wine. Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyard management team have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza, Argentina. Nicolás Catena has planted an almost countless number of varietals and clones throughout his mountain vineyard sites. This quest for quality lead Nicolás and Laura Catena to a crucial discovery regarding the influence of altitude on grape cultivation in Mendoza. Observing the important differences in soil types, average temperatures and thermal amplitudes that exist at varying altitudes, he found that vineyard sites which are just a few kilometers apart can have vast differences in altitude and possess remarkably different microclimates. Read less

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Snooth User: jtryka
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02/26/2012

Tonight we enjoyed a 2007 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina. Now certainly Argentina is known not for Cabernet but for the classic Malbec which has put the nation on the wine map over the last decade or so, but I must admit, I'm not a big Malbec fan and the Cab was exceptional! The wine had a nice nose of blackberry, leather and earth, not unlike a very nice Cabernet from Napa or the Columbia Valley. But the taste was wonderful, very dry, with flavors of black cherries and licorice and a long smooth finish. As for my rating, I would put this one at a solid 4.5, but again I was not privy to the cost which might move that rating up or down, especially given restaurant pricing!


External Reviews for Catena Cabernet Sauvignon

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/14/2010

Catena, one of Argentina's emerging stars, has produced this deeply hued, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that combines rich, Napa-like fruit with mineral and spice notes. Reminiscent of the red wines of Bordeaux.




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