Much better than my last bottle which must have suffered from shock. This one's more settled altogether. The cocky youthful exuberance is of course long gone, but the charms of the middle age are today much more evident. Medium bodied, some red fruits, a hint of spice, good acidity. And, crucially, in harmony with itself. Drink now
Purchased in '04. Blackberry juice in the glass, good concentration fading slightly to rim. Nose is very numb, a bit of dark fruits, no obvious Malbec traits on display. Full bodied in the mouth, slightly hot, some fleshy cherry fruit and oak but the typical perfume seems to be long gone, and no signs of tannins either. A long, slightly non-descript finish with oak prevailing. Pity. I had hoped these Catena wines would keep better but good lesson for the future. Decent value and interesting as an experiment, but drink whatever you have left asap.
Disappointing. Limited nose of berry and brambles. Medium-bodied. Not a lot of depth. Blackberries and a little plum. This bottle should have offered far more than was there. It was just OK. Perhaps a bottle flaw. (D 6.5, F 4)
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