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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...
Intense aromas of raspberries and cassis with spices notes as black pepper and clove and a touch of fresh thyme. Full and rich with layers of black currant flavors and notes of cedar, oregano and graphite. The finish is bright and fresh with well-structured tannins.
A Blend of Four Vineyards of aluvial origin are divided into lots that are harvested at different times. The Agrelo vineyard is 3,117 ft (950 m) elevation with clay topsoil and rounded rocks on the bottom. Villa Bastías is 3,675 ft (1,120 m) with silt loamy soil and limestone on the bottom. Altamira en La Consulta 3,593 ft (1,095 m) elevation with loamy soil and rounded rocks on the bottom. El Cepillo, Eugenio Bustos 3,593 ft (1,090 m) elevation with loam-sandy soil, thick calcareous layers, and rounded rocks on the bottom.
Fermentation in stainless Steel tanks for 14 days and postfermentation maceration for 20-23 days. Wild yeasts with 12 months of in barrel ageing. The barrel selection varied depending on vineyard and vintage. First, second and third use barrels used.
- 91 Points -
Generous cassis fruit and a hint of chocolate make this a prototypic Argentinian cabernet with enough tannins to balance and a nice supple finish. Very successful...See detailed press review
- 90 Points -
This is a big blend by anyone’s standards at 480,000 bottles, made with admirable
consistency from a combination of vineyards in Luján and the Uco Valley. Rich, smooth and concentrated, it has layers of cassis and herbal fruit and textured tannins.
- 91+ POINTS -
The 2016 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon blends grapes from different terroirs of Mendoza and contains some 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, but it's still legally a varietal red. It matured in French and American oak barrels for one year before bottling. The varietal aromas soar from the glass, with a traditional Bordeaux profile. It was harvested early, before March 15th, and it shows in the freshness. These Catena varietals really excel in 2016.See detailed press review