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Catena Malbec Malbec Mendoza 2006

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Of the five or six ($10-20) Malbecs I have tasted thus far, the 2008 Catena is my favorite. This wine has a beet-red glow and a dark berry aroma with floral overtones. Gary Vaynerchuck of Wine Library TV described this wine as sweet, but I disagree. For me, this Malbec displays a strong presence of dark fruit, tobacco, and leather concentrated mostly in the back of the palate (with little, if any, of the mid-palate fructose flavor prominent in many Zinfandels). The flavor is smooth and mellow with a lingering finish of cracked pepper and tannins that will leave you puckering pleasantly and craving the next sip.

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Region: Argentina » Mendoza

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  • 2006

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Winery: Catena
Color: Red
Varietal: Malbec
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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

Member Reviews for Catena Malbec Malbec Mendoza

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Snooth User: Cheap Wine Critic
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4.00 5
07/01/2011

Of the five or six ($10-20) Malbecs I have tasted thus far, the 2008 Catena is my favorite. This wine has a beet-red glow and a dark berry aroma with floral overtones. Gary Vaynerchuck of Wine Library TV described this wine as sweet, but I disagree. For me, this Malbec displays a strong presence of dark fruit, tobacco, and leather concentrated mostly in the back of the palate (with little, if any, of the mid-palate fructose flavor prominent in many Zinfandels). The flavor is smooth and mellow with a lingering finish of cracked pepper and tannins that will leave you puckering pleasantly and craving the next sip.


Snooth User: marendt428
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4.00 5
11/10/2009

perfect malbec under $20 in my mind. great with BBQ, full rich fruit flavor, slight pepper on the nose. Best if not decanted.


Snooth User: levirippy
34608246
3.50 5
01/04/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Catena Malbec Malbec Mendoza

External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe Catena Malbec has a deep, dark violet color, with pronounced blackish - purple tones. The aromatic structure is full of ripe dark fruits, floral notes of violets and lavender, and touches of vanilla and spice. The palate begins with sweet black cherry fruits and has a generous texture. There are marked mineral notes as well as layers of chocolate and spicy black pepper. The finish is soft and sweet with ripe tannins and vibrant acidity.


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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
03/05/2009

This is serious Malbec: ripe and rich with aromas of blackberries and cherries, it has a finish that lingers on, with black fruits and firm flavors of spice.


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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
04/12/2008

Don't miss out on this Malbec. It is ripe and rich with aromas of blackberries and cherries, while the finish lingers with black fruits and hints of spice.


External Review
02/28/2009

Rich and polished, with alluring fig, mocha, boysenberry, ganache and sweet spice notes that glide along creamy tannins and through the long, velvety finish.




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