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2006 Catena Alta Malbec (750ml)
Producer: Bodega Catena Zapata nicolascatena.com
Appellation: Mendoza - Argentina
Type: red
Varietal: Malbec
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$39.99
Tasting Notes:
rated: November 15, 2009 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
93 points "93 Points Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Alta Malbec was sourced from small lots in several estate vineyards. It spent 18 months in 70% new French oak. Dark purple-colored, it displays a splendid nose of wild flowers, spice box, incense, black cherry and plum. This leads to an elegant, medium-bodied rendition of Malbec with a velvety texture, superb depth and concentration, succulent flavors with notes of chocolate and black pepper making an appearance, and a pure, silky finish. While it will continue to blossom for several more years, it can be enjoyed now." Jay Miller The 2006 Catena Alta Malbec presents a dark, opaque violet color, almost blackish in hue. The nose offers freshly ground, ripe berry fruits with layers of wild flowers, cinnamon spice, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and coating, with exceptional weight and concentration but with a soft, supple texture. The mid palate offers rich cassis and black currant fruit flavors interwoven with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. The lengthy finish shows wonderful minerality, with finely grained tannins and lively acidity. "
rated: November 24, 2009 , shawn matsagas
92 points "Suave and polished, with a hefty but integrated dose of mocha and spice woven into the dark plum, melted fig and black licorice notes. The long, alluring finish drips with dark fruit. Drink now through 2011. 4,200 cases imported." Best -2011