There’s plenty of size, sweetness and fruit on the nose. It feels rich and ripe, with an exemplary weight-to-acid ratio, and it tastes juicy, fruity and friendly, with notes of black licorice and dark chocolate on the finish.
The 2010 Catena Malbec presents a dark, violet color with deep black tones. This microclimate blend of four unique vineyard sites offers intense aromas with a soft generous texture and concentrated flavors. Angelica vineyard lends ripe plum and chocolate flavors with a very soft, supple mouthfeel. Altamira vineyard brings a core of black currant and cassis, with excellent structure and length. La Piramide vineyard offers blackberry fruit with a slight earthy tone and notes of spicy black pepper. Finally, the Adrianna vineyard lends exceptional concentration with explosive floral aromatics. Together they give birth to a complex blend of aromas and flavors - a wine with excellent concentration, balance and freshness.
The 2010 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon undergoes a five-day cold maceration and is raised for 12 to 14 months in barrel: first, second and third fill. It is a blend of four vineyards and is blended with 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. It has a Bordeaux-like bouquet of blackberry, bilberry, graphite and dry tobacco that is well-defined and classic in style. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. There is a palpable sense of tension to this Cabernet, which exhibits great precision on the spicy, edgy finish. Full of personality, this comes highly recommended. Drink now-2017. Score - 92. (Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, Oct. 2012)
RP WA 91 pts WE 90 pts: Plenty of size, sweetness and fruit on the nose. Feels rich and ripe, with an exemplary weight-to-acid ratio. Tastes juicy, fruity and friendly, black licorice with dark chocolate finish. Properly blends Malbec's sweet and sultry sides. (High mtn vines)
Had at The Bistro in Evergreen co Really good .. Not too dry, very smooth Malbec
Very nice at this price point. Bold, but light on tannins.
Wine Spectator(2012 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/20/2014
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/2011
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International Wine Cellar(2004 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar.
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate