Catena Alta Malbec 2015 - 750ml
93 Points Wine Advocate
"As with the other varietals of the range, I also had two vintages of this to compare, starting with the older 2015 Catena Alta Malbec. It is a mixture of grapes from multiple vineyards: Angelica, La Pirámide, Nicasia, Adrianna and Angélica Sur. It fermented in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels and had an élevage of some 18 months in French oak. You can notice the slightly riper year, and it does suffer a bit in comparison with the truly superb 2016 even though it's a noteworthy expression of Malbec with great freshness for the climatic conditions of the year."
Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family State vineyards. The blend of these historic rows, like the combination of sounds that create a symphony, give us highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the terroir and the vines that have been tended by the four generations of the Catena Family. "Alta" means high in Spanish. This makes reference to the high altitud vineyards from where the grapes are sourced, and to the high end wines that are produced with this special grapes.
The 2015 Catena Alta Malbec presents a deep violet color, with blue reflections. The nose is elegant and complex, offers ripe red and black berry fruits aromas with notes of flowers as violet and lavander, leather and a touch of spices and vanilla flavors. The mouthfeel is full and rich, with sweet tanins and smooth structure. The mid palate offers different layers as blackberries and black currant fruit flavors with hints of licorice notes, vanilla and black pepper. The lengthy finish shows wonderful minerality, with finely grained tannins and lively acidity.
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