Alta Malbec 2017


Alta Malbec

  • Sustainable
Regulated designation
Dénomination origine (DOC)
Malbec 100 %
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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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Notes about product

Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family State vineyards. The blend of these historic rows, like the combination of sounds that create a symphony, gives us highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the terroir and the vines that have been tended by the four generations of the Catena Family. "Alta" means high in Spanish. This makes reference to the high altitude vineyards from where the grapes are sourced, and to the high end wines that are produced with this special grapes.

Production notes

Nicola Catena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902. His grandson, Nicolás Catena, is known as the man who revolutionized Argentine wine and introduced high altitude Malbec to the world. The Historic Catena Zapata vineyards are planted with the Catena family’s proprietary selection of malbec plants: the Catena Cuttings. Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from Lot 18 of the Angélica vineyard, Lot 4 of the La Pirámide vineyard, Lot 1 of the Nicasia vineyard, Lot 6 of the Angélica Sur vineyard and Lot 9 of the Adrianna vineyard

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 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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