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(2019) From Catena's most prized vineyard, and highest, at almost 5,000 feet elevation, this is aged 18 months in new French oak. It is a sumptuous and stunning wine, the nose flooded with sophisticated graphite and cedar, coffee and plum, a lovely whisper of cherry and violet in the subtle, complex but highly fragrant mix. In the mouth, there is a flood of fruit: yes, it is full, fat and generous, ripe black fruits filling the mouth, but the creamy, so, so fine tannins and the rounded cherry-skin acidity balance beautifully, while the coffee touch of the barrels and the honest, earthiness of the terroir gives a lovely grounding character. Superb, and surely in the running as one of Argentina's best expressions of Malbec.
(2016) What a treat when Nicolas Catena said he had a surprise especially for me (my original review of this, the first vintage of this wine, hangs on the wall of the cellar). A blend of 95% Caberent Sauvigon and 5% Malbec from the Agrelo vineyard it has the perfect Cabernet nose, a touch of green, a touch of graphite and spice, and fabulous raciness. Creamy and richly ripe still, with sweet fruit, but such superb structure, hinting at bloodiness and meatiness. A fabulous wine, though of course not now available in retail.
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