Catena Alta Malbec 2018 (750 ml)

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  • RP: 93
  • WE: 93
  • WS: 91

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Catena Alta Malbec 2018

Nicola Catena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902. His grandson, Nicolás Catena, is known as the man who revolutionized Argentine wine and introduced high altitude Malbec to the world.

Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family Estate vineyards. The blend of these historic rows, like the marriage of sounds that create a symphony, yields a highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations. The Catena Alta wines can usually be drunk starting at three years after harvest and into the following one to two decades.

Critic Ratings

Robert Parker Wine Advocate Review - Rated 93:
The 2018 Catena Alta Malbec shows more evolution and ripeness than the 2019. It's varietal and floral with a mixture of red and black fruit, sweet spices and aromatic herbs. It has moderate ripeness—in fact, it's a little lower in alcohol than the 2019—a medium body and fine-grained tannins, with good grip. 162,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2019. - Luis Gutiérrez
Wine Enthusiast Review - Rated 93:
This well-crafted red is made with grapes from the winery's estates in Luján de Cuyo, Maipu and Uco Valley. The nose opens with aromas of plums followed by light notes of black olive and Jarilla. A velvety palate shows Malbec-typical black-fruit flavors of plum and blackberry. A herbaceous character and hints of smoke add to its complexity. The lasting, pleasant finish reveals notes of dried herbs. Vibrant acidity and firm tannins suggest good aging potential. Drink now through 2028.

Wine Spectator Review - Rated 91:
Well-structured and juicy, with dark cherry and plum tart flavors that feature firm tannins and acidity. The spicy finish offers baker's chocolate notes and peppery hints. Drink now through 2024. 13,500 cases made, 3,500 cases imported. — KM

Winery Catena
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Year 2018
Grape Varietal Malbec
Size 750 ML
ABV 13.8%
Wine Style Red Wine

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