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Community Tasting Notes (10) Avg Score: 87.8 points

  • Earthy and electric, this single-vineyard Malbec from the Uco Valley shines in stark contrast to so many soft, flabby, Argentinean Malbecs plagued by overripe fruit and overwrought production. The dark and dried fruit is here, from blackberry to raisin, but it's much more of the former than the latter, while the former exudes ripeness and freshness, concentrating the elements of sun and soil at high altitude. Earthiness comes through in the fruit and also in minerally, wild herbal (thyme is especially prevalent), and cocoa notes, while the electricity comes through in the dark cherry and pomegranate acidity that cuts through the fruit around mildly firm tannins. It's a wine that just seems alive, pulling from the depths and fusing what lies beneath to what soars above. It's just an excellent effort from Catena, lacking some complexity and flavour depth (as such are the limitations of Malbec) but offering so much else. 90-91.

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  • 4thWednesdays - Blind Tasting from CMS Advanced List (Texas Wine School, Houston, Tx): Tasted Blindish (i brought this one)

    A: Medium ruby with purple highlights
    N: Medium (-) intensity on the nose. Had to come back to this one after tasting the others. Dusty dark chocolate, black cherry, blueberry, campfire.
    P: Dry, medium (+) acid, medium tannin, medium intensity, medium (+) body and finish. Medium (+) alcohol (13.5%)
    C: Drink now (within 5 years) and Good to Very good. Lacking complexity here and half ticks for intensity and finish.

    GUESSES:
    So i knew what this was as i brought it to the tasting. The color and dark choc components were giving the game away early. Sean noted that the appellation is south of mendoza and at higher altitude than where the bulk of Malbec is produced. One may therefore expect some florals in these wines. Good to know!

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  • Tasted blind. Medium ruby with a purple hue. The nose is clean, medium in intensity, with black cherry, tart red cherry, botanical herbs, lavender, asian spices. There is no discernible new oak. The palate is dry, consistent with the nose, with a pleasant forest floor component. The acidity is medium to medium (+) as are the tannins and alcohol (13.5). This is a very well made, cool climate, Old World style wine, which improves and increases in complexity with aeration. Given the color, I guessed Chinon Cab Franc, or maybe a Refosco from Friuli Colli Orientali. It is actually indicative of a more modern style of high-altitude (+3500') Argentinian Malbec which eschews heavy extraction, alcohol and oak in favor of more elegance and balance. Drinking well now but likely to improve with a couple more years of aging.

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  • this is ripe and fleshy, with strawberry/raspberry. It avoids sweetness and heaviness, and is somewhat floral. It's not bad wine, but I am not loving the fruit profile.

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  • A nose of some dark fruit and some spice, dark purple in color. A medium to full bodied red, with blackberry, black cherry, licorice and spice on finish, good not great. www.winelx.com

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