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Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2014
The Catena family has conducted extensive research into the soils and microclimates of Mendoza's high altitude wine country in the foothills of the Andes mountains. At different altitudes, the family's Malbec vineyards express a unique profile of aromas and flavors: the ripe plum fruit flavors and silky texture of the Angelica vineyard (3018 ft elevation); the dark fruit character and pepper notes of the La Pirámide vineyard (3117 ft elevation); the black cherry aromas and excellent structure of the Altamira in La Consulta vineyard (3593 ft elevation); the explosive floral aromatics full, concentrated mouthfeel of the Adrianna vineyard (4757 ft). The blend of these components creates a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.
Wine AdvocateThe peachy 2014 Catena Malbec is juicy and with good ripeness, a soft style with round, sweet tannins and some toasty notes with sweet spices. Somehow this is a more approachable and drinkable than the 2015 at the moment. This is a very complex blend of many vineyards, points of harvests and different vinifications and aging to produce around one million bottles, which at this quality level is impressive.