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Catena Malbec High Mountain Vinestext
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16½/20

Catena Malbec High Mountain Vines 2018

Mendoza, ArgentinaCatena’s High Mountain Malbec is a blend of high-altitude, family-owned vineyards situated in Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo, Tupungato, and San Carlos. 2018 is a good year, and you sense it a soon as the wine hits your palate. The precision you taste is a reflection of its mix of sites: 80-year-old vines in Lunlunta (Maipù) lend soft, sweet textures; in Agrelo (Luján de Cuyo), the Catena cuttings throw spice; the cold nights in Altamira (San Carlos) lend bright, crisp acidity; and the intense sunshine in Gualtallary (Tupungato) yields floral aromatics and structure. Simply a delicious mix of red and black fruits sprayed with umami deliciousness and finished with a touch of mocha toasted oak. Turkey is an amazing match, but grilled steak is a more likely summer fare. 2018 is year 24 for a label now a million miles from where it began.Tasted: 26 February 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 24.99 BCLS AB 19.00 select private retailers MB 22.00 select private retailers, government monopoly stores ON 19.00 LCBO NB 23.29 NBLiquor PEI 22.85 PLCC NF 24.25 NLLC NS 23.80 NSLC Producer: Bodega Catena ZapataDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Noble Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.
Grape: MalbecCSPC: 478727UPC: 7794450008053