Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 / 750 ml.

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RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Jun 2018
The 2016 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon was bottled November 2017 and was also available for tasting even though the wine will be released in 2019. It’s a phenomenal effort of freshness, elegance and finesse while being faithful to the variety. Really impressive. 9,600 bottles produced.
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Jul 2018
Bright ruby-red. Less deep on the nose than the 2015 version but pungent and fresh, with red fruit and spicy red pepper aromas accented by an herbal suggestion of tobacco leaf. Leaner and less sweet than the 2015 but still a bit youthfully tight. With less dimension and depth, the tannins come off as slightly dry. This wine suffers by comparison to many of the current red wine releases from Catena Zapata but it’s still a success in the context of its vintage.

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RP93 93 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (29th Jun 2018)

The 2016 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon was bottled November 2017 and was also available for tasting even though the wine will be released in 2019. It’s a phenomenal effort of freshness, elegance and finesse while being faithful to the variety. Really impressive. 9,600 bottles produced.

VN90 90 pts. / Vinous (Jul 2018)

Bright ruby-red. Less deep on the nose than the 2015 version but pungent and fresh, with red fruit and spicy red pepper aromas accented by an herbal suggestion of tobacco leaf. Leaner and less sweet than the 2015 but still a bit youthfully tight. With less dimension and depth, the tannins come off as slightly dry. This wine suffers by comparison to many of the current red wine releases from Catena Zapata but it’s still a success in the context of its vintage.

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Region / Mendoza

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Mendoza is Argentina's largest wine region, and produces a majority of the Argentine wines on the market. Much of the region lies in the foothills of the Andes mountains, and as result Mendoza vineyards are typically located at higher altitudes than most. Mendoza is the epicenter of the Malbec craze that has taken the wine world by storm in recent years, but also produces great examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and other grapes.

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Argentina took the wine world spotlight in the late 20th century with its plush, smooth Malbec. While the popular red grape still reigns supreme, Argentine wineries are increasingly putting forth excellent examples of multiple varietals, all at the extraordinary bargains that make this region so accessible.

Now the fifth largest wine-producing nation in the world, Argentina enjoys high-altitude and low-humidity vineyard sites, comparatively unencumbered by insects and disease. Argentina’s unique terroir has captured the interest of such internationally celebrated winemakers as Paul Hobbs and Michel Rolland, both of whom have projects in the country.

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SKU 42397
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Product Location - Location-Appellation Mendoza
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 13.5%
Brand Catena
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2016
Can it be Shipped Yes
Rating 93.00 pts
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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Catena Alta Malbec 2018 / 750 ml.

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 42398

JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, April 2, 2020
Beautiful blackberries and green tea with some blueberries. Medium body with beautiful balance, freshness and whole-berry sensibility and brightness. Subtle and sophisticated. Drink or hold.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Mar 2021
The 2018 Catena Alta Malbec shows more evolution and ripeness than the 2019. It’s varietal and floral with a mixture of red and black fruit, sweet spices and aromatic herbs. It has moderate ripeness — in fact, it’s a little lower in alcohol than the 2019 — a medium body and fine-grained tannins, with good grip. 162,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2019.
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2020
A Malbec from Mendoza made from a selection of parcels in different terroirs in Primera Zona and the Uco Valley that spent 18 months in French oak, this is complexity in a bottle. The ripe, layered, evolving nose delivers plum and violet notes followed by a hint of acidic cherry over a woody backdrop. Fleshy on the palate, it offers the good grip and volume typical of Malbec as part of a satisfying combination that also includes a terse texture and juicy freshness.
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2022
Well-structured and juicy, with dark cherry and plum tart flavors that feature firm tannins and acidity. The spicy finish offers baker’s chocolate notes and peppery hints. Drink now through 2024. 13,500 cases made, 3,500 cases imported. (Kim Marcus)
WS9090 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 10/21
This is a selection of individual blocks from the Catena vineyards in Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. Each block ferments separately on indigenous yeasts, with lees stirring to stabilize it and reduce the addition of sulfur. Eighteen months of oak aging leaves an impression that dampens the finish, but the beginning is spring-like and vivacious, like a meadow in bloom. It’s got the firmness to match up with summer sausage and hard cheeses on a picnic.
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RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2022
The 2021 Appellation Lunlunta Malbec was produced with grapes from vines planted in 1930 at 920 meters in altitude. It fermented with full malolactic and had an élevage of six to eight months in barrels, some 40% of them new. The cool year kept the alcohol to a moderate 13.5% with the depth and wisdom from old vines that somehow transmit a sense of harmony. This classical zone in Maipú produces traditional Malbecs with varietal typicity, floral with berries and herbs and a touch of sweet spices, fresh and balanced with some earthy rusticity and juicy fruit. 288,000 bottles produced. (Luis Gutiérrez)
JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, April 4, 2023
A pretty fruity malbec here with a hint of dark olives, spices and strawberries. Lots of fruit on the fleshy, medium-bodied palate with sleek but present tannins. Drink now. (Zekun Shuai)
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2022
The 2021 Malbec Catena Appellation Lunlunta from Luján de Cuyo was aged for eight months in a third new barrels. Dark purple in the glass. The nose presents notes of ripe plum, white pepper, syrup, tobacco and blackberry jam along with a touch of oak. Broad and creamy with precise freshness, it opens up to fill the mouth with flavors that last, as is generally true of Lunlunta reds. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
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Argentina | Mendoza | none | Lunlunta

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Primary Grape: Malbec

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Catena Malbec 2021 / 750 ml.

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 65383

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Catena Chardonnay 2020 / 750 ml.

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 38052

JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, August 12, 2022
Ripe peach, dried mango, dried jasmine and buttered toast. It’s full-bodied with crisp acidity. Concentrated layers of ripe and dried fruit and a vivid, subtly smoky finish. Drink or hold.
VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2021
The 2020 Chardonnay Catena is 90% from the Uco Valley, fermented with whole bunches and aged for up to eight months in barrels. Yellow with a golden sheen. The expressive nose presents notes of linden blossom, apple, creamed corn and hazelnuts. In the mouth, it’s unctuous and indulgent but also has decent tension, a terse texture and long-lasting, bold favors. The oak reappears on the rather concentrated aftertaste. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Mar 2021
The medicinal and balsamic 2020 Catena Chardonnay has pungent aromas of bay leaf and white flowers and a dry and balanced palate with some chalky sensations and tasty flavors. It has moderate ripeness for a warm and dry year like 2020 and good freshness. 282,000 bottles produced. It was bottled between October and November 2020. (Luis Gutiérrez)
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Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 / 750 ml.

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 43281

JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, April 2, 2020
Lots of spice and hints of dried herbs to the currant and berry aromas. Medium to full body. Firm, lightly chewy tannins and a balanced finish. Drink or hold.
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2020
A majority Cabernet Sauvignon with 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot from Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley that spent 12 months in French barrels, resulting in a degree of complexity. The nose offers black currant, blueberry and pepper and a hint of pyrazine, along with sandalwood and incense notes. Juicy with fine, firm tannins that fill up the mouth before the flavorsome finish. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Mar 2021
As with other wines, the 2019 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon feels notably fresher and more vibrant than the wine from the warmer 2020 vintage. In 2019, it was a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that felt very integrated, with the grapes complementing each other. The palate is medium-bodied with moderate alcohol and notable freshness. The tannins are fine-grained, and the finish is clean, long and fresh. 360,000 bottles produced. (Luis Gutiérrez)
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