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Catena Malbec High Mountain Vines 2019

Mendoza, ArgentinaCatena’s High Mountain Malbec is a blend of high altitude, family owned vineyards. The precision you taste is a result of Laura Catena and chief winemaker Alejandro Vigil blending three sites. The 80-year-old vines in Lunlunta (Maipù) sit in loamy clay and rounded rocks yielding soft, sweet textures. At El Cipillo in Eugenio Bustos, loamy sands and thick calcareous layers sit over rounded rock. Finally, under intense sunshine in Gualtallary (Tupungato), the gravel limestone soils yield floral aromatics and structure. 2019 was a solid, dry, growing season yielding smaller berries, and low yields left the wines bright and ripe, which is a great combination for malbec. Look for attractive red/black fruits with a touch of mocha, toasted oak and superb balance. Fine value most every year.Tasted: 14 July 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
AB$19.00750mlselect private retailers
MB$22.00750mlselect private retailers, government monopoly stores
Producer: Bodega Catena ZapataDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Noble Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.
Grape: MalbecCSPC: 478727UPC: 7794450008053