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Professional Ratings: 91 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Argentina, South America
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%
Item no. 103026
The 2006 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon presents a dark opaque violet color with garnet hues. The wine shows ripe dark fruits with notes of fresh herbs and sweet spices. The palate presents additional layers of leather and cigar box, a soft, creamy texture and finished with finely grained tannins and fresh acidity.
The 2006 Alta Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from three estate vineyards and spent 18 months in 80% new French oak. Opaque violet in color, it delivers a fragrant bouquet of cinnamon, fresh herbs, tobacco, cassis, and black currant. This is followed by a medium-bodied Cabernet with an elegant personality. On the palate notes of cigar box and leather emerge from the wine’s velvety texture. It conceals enough fine-grained tannin to evolve for 4-6 years. This lengthy effort will offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2021.
Good deep ruby-red. Smoky blackberry, black raspberry, licorice, dark chocolate and pepper on the nose, with mint and mineral nuances adding complexity. Broad, suave and on the dry side, with lovely delineation to the flavors of dark fruits, licorice and pepper. At once big and fresh. The serious, building tannins are quite fine, allowing the fruit to stretch out and gain in creaminess on the long aftertaste.
Lemon rind and prune are the primary aromas, but there's also a hint of green bean in here. The palate is dark and concentrated but not exactly high voltage in terms of power. Flavors of raisin, cassis, fig and chocolate are rich and ripe, while the finish runs dark. Almost overripe but seemingly more jammy than overdine. Drink now through 2012.