Alta Malbec 2017


Alta Malbec

Product code
6 x 750ml
Listing type
Product type
Still wine
Regulated designation
Dénomination origine (DOC)
Malbec 100 %
Closure type
Winery's website

About this winery

At heart, Catena is a story about family. Family who poured their lives, passion and spirit into transforming scrub-laden desert into some of the most beautiful and unique vineyards in the world. Family that passed their knowledge from generation to generation, blending collective memory with state-of-the-art science from the new world of viticulture. Family who, through risk-taking, faith and a little luck, transformed their treasured Mendoza terroir into the fountainhead of the award-winning...

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Tasting notes

The 2009 Catena Alta Malbec presents a deep violet color, with blue reflections. The nose is elegant and complex, offers ripe red and black berry fruits aromas with notes of flowers as violet and lavander, leather and a touch of spices and vanilla flavors. The mouthfeel is full and rich, with sweet tanins and smooth structure. The mid palate offers different layers as blackberries and black currant fruit flavors with hints of licorice notes, vanilla and black pepper. The lengthy finish shows wonderful minerality, with finely grained tannins and lively acidity.

Press reviews

James Suckling

- 94 points -

March 2019

The transparency to this malbec draws you in with the blackberry, blueberry and walnut undertones. Medium-bodied, very linear and tight with cool fruit and then a dry and bright finish. 

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Tim Atkin MW

- 93 points -

May 2019

Maipú, Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley are the joint sources for this sizeable blend. Richly oaked, aromatic and intense, it’s a Malbec lover’s Mendoza Malbec with violet, liquorice and blackberry flavours and succulent tannins.

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Wine Advocate

- 93 points -

October 2019

The polished and developed 2017 Catena Alta Malbec has balsamic aromas and a very attractive mixture of flowers, berries and spices. It has contained ripeness for a warm vintage, with a serious profile, medium body and fine-grained tannins, with good grip. It was fermented with full clusters and matured in used French oak barrels for some 18 months. I like the austerity and grip on the palate.

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Wine Spectator

- 92 points -

December 2020

Well-structured, with a fine-grained texture to the lively mix of dried red berry and spice flavors. Slate and floral hints on the crisp finish.

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