Catena Malbec 2007

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"Ripe and concentrated, boasting vibrant aromas and flavors of crushed blackberry, raspberry and cassis, which unfold to reveal layers of spice, licorice and sweet oak as hints of graphite fill the long, juicy finish. This has power, but is well-balanced...93" WS 12/10

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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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Member Reviews for Catena Malbec

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Snooth User: johnjjj
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4.50 5
12/28/2010

my favorite malbec


Snooth User: HanWijn1
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4.50 5
09/12/2010

Aromatic, powerfull, red fruit, specially raspberry. Lovely wine


Snooth User: kerlaw
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5.00 5
01/06/2010

Warm, rich, seductive, smooth, full mouth of fruits, deep plum with some tannic raspberry jam taste, not sweet, just full and fruity. At the right temperature, also delightful hints of smoke, tar and graphite (sharp metallic note). This is a glorious decadent medium bodied wine, which is great with just about anything. Low mouthy tannins and a very long finish. Great for drinking anytime.


Snooth User: erperp
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3.00 5
10/13/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Catena Malbec

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Bodega Catena Zapata continues to craft outstanding wines that showcase why Mendoza is center stage for world-class Malbec in terms of both quality and consistency. The grapes are sourced from four separate vineyards in altitude from 2,850 to 5,000 feet. Winemaker Alejandro Vigil ages this red for 12 months in a combination of French and American oak (35 percent new). Increased production has not diminished the wine's quality.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Rich and polished, boasting lots of pure cassis, blackberry and boysenberry fruit that courses along, carried by alluring spice, integrated toast and a nice, lingering anise note. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A sleek, polished style, with alluring mocha and raspberry ganache notes leading the way, backed by dark plum, hoisin sauce and graphite flavors that push through the finish. This has serious weight, but stays focused and driven. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Full ruby-red. Musky dark fruits, brown spices, tobacco and licorice on the nose, with a exotic candied berry quality emerging with aeration. Smooth and subtly complex, with soil-driven flavors of dark raspberry, minerals, tobacco and smoky oak. Not as plush or creamy as the 2006 bottling but boasts excellent depth and balance, and a restrained sweetness. Finishes with a fine dusting of supple tannins and excellent length.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Deep purple in color and liberally oaked, but that fits the program at Catena. The bouquet is burly and shows hickory, marmalade and toast, while the palate revolves around boisterous blueberry and boysenberry flavors along with wood smoke and integrated tannins. It's extracted but balanced, and the finish is sweet yet rustic. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Bright ruby-red. Dark berries, graphite and nutty oak on the very ripe nose, with a distinctive peppery lift. The palate offers an almost exotic sweetness to the lush, seamless flavors of macerated dark fruits, mocha and dark chocolate. Not the last word in complexity but pliant, generous and full in the mouth, finishing with lush tannins and an almost exotic liqueur-like quality. This is drinkable already. Some tasters may find this too sweet for a Catena wine.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The purple-colored 2008 Malbec Blend contains 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Bonarda. The wine was aged in French and American oak. It offers up a nose of cedar, black cherry, and plum leading to a dense wine with plenty of savory black fruit flavor, a forward personality, and good length.


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"Ripe and concentrated, boasting vibrant aromas and flavors of crushed blackberry, raspberry and cassis, which unfold to reveal layers of spice, licorice and sweet oak as hints of graphite fill the long, juicy finish. This has power, but is well-balanced...93" WS 12/10

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