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    Catena Malbec 2011
    Malbec - Argentina, South America

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    • ST91
    • RP91
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 91 Wine Spectator, 91 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Decanter

    Region: Argentina, South America

    Varietal: Malbec

    Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 125048

    Winemaker's Notes:

    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 lavendar 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 provies exceptional length to the finish.

    Pair with roast turkey, grilled steak, salmon and pasta with red sauce.

    Critical Acclaim:

    A dark and jammy red, with enough acidity to propel the roasted plum and wild berry compote notes. Layers of smoke, toasted spice and espresso emerge on the rich finish.

    91 Points
    Wine Spectator

    The 2011 Catena Malbec is produced with fruit grown in Lunlunta, Agrelo and Gualtallary fermented together with a little bit of Viognier from high altitude, which according to winemaker Alejandro Vigil had an amazing eight grams of acidity which contributed a lot of freshness to the blend. 30% of bunches fermented without destemming and as is common in the top Catena wines, these grapes from four different regions were harvested at three different points in time in search of diversity. This is very dark cherry-colored and has strong aromas of ripe plums, peach and apricot with some notes of orange rind. Medium-bodied with velvety, silky tannins, it is a good representation of Malbec in Mendoza. It is approachable now, but it should be even better in one year.

    91 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Bright red-ruby. Tighter and less expressive on the nose today than the cabernet sauvignon, hinting at cassis and licorice pastille. Juicy, supple and surprisingly easygoing on the palate, if a bit less chewy than the cabernet. In a distinctly elegant style, not big or superconcentrated but seamless, generous and already approachable. Finishes with smooth, sweet tannins and noteworthy energy and length.

    91 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    An assemblage of three different sites within Mendoza, each bringing varying but vital components to the finished wine. Shows power and guts but doesn’t go over the top, with an abundance of sweet, opulent damson and rich blackberry fruit augmented by the oak, retains balance and persistence.

    90 Points
    Decanter
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    md4eyes2020 (7/29/2014)
    a great value at $20. It is very smooth with a nice finish.
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    EnjoyWine (4/28/2014)
    This is a highly reputable producer of Malbec from Argentina. I always love their wine even with slight vintage variations in style. Recently had the 2011 vintage with a flank steak! Loved it! Smooth and luscious but with enough structure to be a mouth feel! My opinion is: don't miss it!
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    WIll D (8/13/2014)
    Excellent value.
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    downtown dc oenophile (5/2/2014)
    Tasty! Smokey and a bit gamey.
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    Andy007 (3/2/2014)
    I had a favorable impression of this wine from previous vintages, but this one let me down. Too young tasting for me.
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    Daniel Vinodrinker (8/29/2014)
    Tastes like water from a turtle aquarium. No really.
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