Catena 2018 High Mountain Vines Malbec

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Product Overview

The 2018 Catena Malbec is 100% Malbec from four of the estate's vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina, ranging in elevation from 3000 to 5000 feet. Raised in oak for 12 months, it offers alluring aromas of red and black fruits, fragrant flowers, leather, and sweet vanilla. The rich, focused palate is highlighted by concentrated flavors of blueberry, blackberry, sweet spice, and leather on a well-integrated frame.

Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec
Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Aging: 12 months in oak barrels

94 Points - James Suckling

91+ Points - Wine Advocate
"2018 seems like a very good year for young and juicy reds, which is what the 2018 Catena Malbec is, a pure varietal that shows the typicity of the grape and the freshness of the year. It has the telltale aromas and the soft and velvety texture of the grape, with nicely integrated oak and a dry, long and pleasant finish. This has mind-boggling quality for the quantity—they produce 2.5 million bottles of it! One to buy by the case." -LG, 10/31/19

90 Points - Vinous
"Good dark red. Slightly reduced aromas of black cherry and raspberry lifted by a floral note. More reserved and serious than the 2017 version (winemaker Vigil told me he found a bit of animal character in the earlier vintage--an element he doesn't like), with its red and black fruit and violet flavors showing a light touch for the price. This is not a particularly black style of Malbec. Very juicy and ultimately pliant, finishing with light tannins and noteworthy energy. Vigil vinified this wine with 50% whole clusters, which he described as "perfect for structure."" -ST, Sep/2019


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