Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from Lot 18 of the Angélica vineyard, located in Lunlunta (2,850’ elevation), Lot 4 from the La Pirámide vineyard, located in Agrelo (3,100’ elevation), Lot 2 from the La Consulta vineyard, located in La Consulta (3,000’ elevation), and Lots 3 & 9 from the Adrianna vineyard, located in Gualtallary (4,725’ & 4,600’ elevations).
This wine undergoes a demanding selection process in both the vineyard and the winery.
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The 2009 Alta Catena Malbec comes from the Angelica, La Piramide, Nicasia and Adrianna Vineyards and undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrel, then is aged in French oak, 50% new, for 18 months. It offers a gorgeous, pure, floral bouquet with ripe pomegranate and wild strawberry imbued with superb minerality and delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a tense, almost broody entry. It is a classic Malbec, one you might almost think came from the Old World, underpinned by great structure and a sense of masculinity. Yet it is superbly balanced with plenty of ripe, earthy black fruit laced with tar and tobacco towards the long, rather aristocratic finish. Excellent. Drink 2014-2025. ”
|Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from small, carefully selected lots in the Catena's family Andean vineyards: Angelica vineyard 10%, La Piramide Vineyard 6%, Nicasia Vineyard 30% and Adrianna Vineyard 54%. The blend of these historic lots, like the marriage of sounds that create a symphony, yields an exuberant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by Catena's for several generations since 1902.