Catena Malbec 750 ml • 2017 •

country: Argentina / region: Mendoza / style: Wine / size: 750 ml / manufacturer: Bodegas Catena Zapata / vintage: 2017 / sku: 11679
James Suckling   93 Points
The Wine Advocate   91 Points
Wine & Spirits   90 Points
Reg. $19.99 $16.99
DESCRIPTION:
The Catena Malbec presents a deep violet color with purple reflections. This microclimate blend of four unique vineyards offers intense aroma, soft texture and concentrated flavor. Deep aromas of ripe red and dark fruits are joined by delicate violet and lavender notes, with traces of vanilla and mocha. A rich, concentrated mouthfeel is highlighted by flavors of blueberries and blackberries with a touch of leather and cinnamon. The wine has well-integrated tannins, bright acidity and a flinty minerality that provides exceptional length to the finish.

The Catena wines are a special assemblage of High Mountain Estate Vineyards made by fourth generation vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil. Although we have found that most of the Catena wines are consumed shortly after release, we are pleased to see that they age beautifully for ten to twenty years. Through decades of study and exploration within Mendoza's high altitude mountain terroirs, the Catena family has identified special locations for its Estate vineyards. From the marriage of these historic vineyards emerges a wine of unique character that has natural balance, concentration and a distinct varietal identity.

• Malbec •
SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRING:
Barbeque
Beef
Charcuterie-Cheese
Lamb

Ratings

James Suckling   93 Points
The Wine Advocate   91 Points
Wine & Spirits   90 Points
JSJames Suckling: 93 points
This is a dense and refined red with a minerality underneath. Full body, firm and silky with pretty blue fruit and light salt undertones. Shows tension and structure.
WAThe Wine Advocate: 91 points
I compared the 2016 with the 2017 Catena Malbec, one of their most popular bottlings. Even though the vintage was not as cool as 2016, the wine keeps great freshness and elegance and is very harmonious, with integrated oak and focused flavors. 1.2 million bottles produced and bottled in three different lots.
W&SWine & Spirits: 90 points
Marked by herbal notes and violet aromas, this has the stamp of Uco Valley in its fresh flavors of black cherries. Its acidity is tense, balanced by the ripe flavors in an enchanting finish, lasting on the scent of flowers.