(2010 Vintage) Catena Alta Malbec is deep violet in color with indigo highlights. The nose has aromas of ripe red and black berry fruits with notes of violets and lavender and hints of leather, spice, mocha, and vanilla. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated and rich on the palate with soft, sweet tannins and a silky structure. Multiple layers of rich cassis, ripe cranberries, and blackberries are interwoven with subtle notes of licorice and black pepper. An earthy minerality, finely grained tannins, and a lively acidity mark the lengthy finish.
Wine SpectatorRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/29/04
International Wine CellarRating: 88(+?) - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Jul-04