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Catena Malbec Mendoza 2011
Hrozny této odrůdy byly vypěstovány na vinici Lunlunta, která byla vysázena již před více než 60 lety. Catena Malbec byl vůbec první argentinský Malbec, který byl představen mezinárodní veřejnosti s velikým úspěchem a stal se měřítkem kvality argentinských vín. Catena Malbec je víno tmavě fialové barvy, má bohaté ovocné aroma, je měkké s dlouhým závěrem nasládlých tříslovin. Tento nefiltrovaný Malbec může zráním v lahvích získávat na kvalitě ...
The 2010 appears to have a serious quality-control issue. I've purchased three bottles of this wine in the past month. The first was exquisite...but the last two were well on the way to becoming vinegar.
A medium bodied Malbec with deep berry flavors mingled with pepper, cassis and medium oak. Smooth and flavorful.
Nice Blueberry on the nose, but not as luscious as I would have liked or expected. Kinda minerally on the finish, which was getting in the way of the fruit.
I remember wines...not terribly well and choose my wines quite impulsively. Several months ago I was introduced to an absolutely incredible Argentinian red blend, a 2004 Catena Zapata. Did I mention incredible? So much so that I actually went and looked it up. Now I've had some very decent bordeauxs but this happened to top most of them, it has a interesting combination. Granted I'm not the best authority when it comes to red blends in general but the '04 catena zapata had a quarter malbec. This brings me to my actual review of this wine. Catena is a name (I'm unsure as to where I took up this opinion) that I associate with malbec, and very very decent malbec at that. Thus the other day I was browsing the local World Market wine section (yes it is a passtime, the clerks in mountain view think I'm casing the place by now) and I came across this. Upon recognizing the label I see it's a Catena Malbec and of course, I had to try. the price deterred me slightly as the incredible '04 zapata red was about 100usd or so. Some people say malbec is very much of an acquired taste. I disagree because that is ridiculous, something Californian wine enthusiasts say about all things non-californian/french/select Italian. With that said, I believe that you enjoy a nice woody, large red syrah, a nice hermitage is the best example of this particular one actually, if you do, then try this malbec. This particular one has great depth, luxurious feel to it all around, a very rich red never offensive with the tannic-to-tongue result and a distinctive spicyness about it. And I myself am generally not one to praise the spiciness of a wine but this has it all quite well balanced. I would recommend this to anyone as it is not overly eccentric, so please, stop opting for a Napa valley cab when come every dinner, perhaps even venture out of the Aussie shiraz. This is quite decent, easily located, and very very reasonably priced. With that said, it was immensely enjoyable but nothing close to impressive as was the '04 catena zapata red blend. See, I am somewhat bad with wine at times, thus I repeat this name to myself so I'll always have it on hand. Now comes locating a bottle.
Delicious, inexpensive malbec
External Reviews for Catena Malbec Mendoza
A dark and jammy red, with enough acidity to propel the roasted plum and wild berry compote notes. Layers of smoke, toasted spice and espresso emerge on the rich finish. Drink now through 2016.
The 2011 Catena Malbec is produced with fruit grown in Lunlunta, Agrelo and Gualtallary fermented together with a little bit of Viognier from high altitude, which according to winemaker Alejandro Vigil had an amazing eight grams of acidity which contributed a lot of freshness to the blend. 30% of bunches fermented without destemming and as is common in the top Catena wines, these grapes from four different regions were harvested at three different points in time in search of diversity. This is very dark cherry-colored and has strong aromas of ripe plums, peach and apricot with some notes of orange rind. Medium-bodied with velvety, silky tannins, it is a good representation of Malbec in Mendoza. It is approachable now, but it should be even better in one year. Drink 2015–2018.
A palate of blackcurrant and cassis with notes of spicy black pepper and excellent structure and length.
The 2010 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.
Nicholas Catena is the father of the incredible quality and the big rich style we see from Argentina today. His wines are legendary and today with his daughter makes the finest coming out of Argentina. Nicholas was educated in California, fell in
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.
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