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Catena Alta Historic Rows Malbec
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Catena Alta Historic Rows Malbec 2016

Mendoza, ArgentinaExpect a deep cerise colour with a lovely vinous nose that reveals heady florals, some smouldering dark fruit, and a savoury character that is just plain exciting. The fruit ranges from red to black to blue: raspberries and plums to mulberries and blueberries. There is also a captivating menthol note, along with chocolate and gravel dust. The flavours mirror the nose, with savoury, black, liquorice fruit that reveals the woody part of a berry bush as well the juicy fruit itself. The acidity is marked and refreshing. Sturdy but fine-grained tannins prop up the dense and savoury fruit, keeping its minty, botanical plot. This finishes with the gravelly, dusty complexity that graced the nose. It's a complex, intricate malbec that embodies Catena's devotion to this formidable grape. Mostly cabernet sauvignon with 5% franc, the blend sees significant time burnishing in oak barrels. You can drink it effortlessly now with prime steak, or patiently wait a few years for earthy complexity to appear.Tasted: 27 September 2019Tasted by: DJ KearneyPrices: BC 48.99 BCLS and private wine shops AB 58.50 private wine stores SK 55.99 SaskLiquor MB 55.99 Manitoba Liquor Mart ON 50.99 LCBO QC 49.95 SAQ Producer: Bodega Catena ZapataDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Grape: MalbecCSPC: 521849UPC: 7794450008237