I bought this bottle on the advice of a friend in the trade. I purchased it as a reward for completing a final exam and didn't take the time to decant it properly. So the first glass was slightly tart with a strong bite, which took me some time to drink. Meanwhile the rest of the bottle, given time to breath, developed the most delicious and well rounded taste. With every subsequent glass I fell more in love with this bottle, each taste reminded me of falling into a different candy lake in a Willy Wonka movie with flavors of berries, chocolate, and floral notes (complete with jazz hands and Oompa Loompas). I will be gifting this bottle to many of my friends this holiday, it’s definitely worth spreading the word! P.S. Purple Teeth!! But it was well worth it!!
Have had literally 50 different Malbecs all in the typical $10-$20 or so range...this is the best one yet! Just delicious...and for $20 or so...a real steal. Enjoy!
I have had this wine several times and, it always seems to deliver. Catena has a spicy start, medium tannin with a smooth middle, and long finish. This wine has taste notes that will soften, and would be great over the next 5-10 years.
For the price, this is a steal - very good, straightforward Malbec.
Stronger tannins than its 2006 vintage, which seems to call for a few more years aging. Taste improves after substantial aerating. Spices and fig paste infused taste. Quite pleasant a medium bodied wine. Pleasant and Balanced Taste, but it kinda lacks characteristics. Maybe aging will help. 89-90.
A tart, piquant, and Sahara-dry red with a peppery finish, it's a Malbec with fruity and floral aromas and medium body and bold, sweet flavors (though not as strong as Zinfandel). It's great with pork chops and some hard cheeses, and will only improve with age, mellowing out some.
This is the 4th bottle of this particular vintage I've had. Each of the four has been slightly different, but each was quite good. This Malbec seems to be sweeter than most. Definitely easy to drink and seems to be a crowd pleaser of wine afficionados and guzzlers alike.