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.
| Wine Spectator 91 points (Nov 15 2013)
Jammy yet fresh, with bright acidity supporting dark cassis, plum skin and blackberry fruit, offset by a savory finish of licorice, grilled herb and bitter almond. Drink now through 2015. –NW
Wine Advocate 94 points (Apr 2014)
The 2010 Catena Alta Malbec is composed with fruit from Angelica, La Piramide, Nicasia and Adrianna and there was about 30-40% whole-cluster fermentation with a pinch of Viognier and Cabernet Franc. As with many others, the fruit from four different vineyards created different lots from different stages of harvests and different fermentation methods. A pure exercise of blending a selection of available wines from this painstaking working method. It feels riper than the Alta Cabernet, quite dark, with aromas of ripe plums, blackberries and a touch of spices, but with air the nose comes back with a strong violet note. It is medium-bodied, with good acidity, clean and pungent flavors, ending long and supple. Excellent. Drink 2014-2020.
|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.