Black velvet in the glass, the layer of flavors begins with ripe black cherry and boysenberry and continues with a touch of smoke and spice. It achieves that elusive combination of concentration, complexity and finesse. Great with foods like veal chops, duck with fruit sauces, beef, lamb, grilled or roasted chicken, and game birds.
"Big and flashy, with a large core of crushed currant and blackberry fruit enlivened by a nice tangy hint of damson plum. Plenty of spice and licorice notes fill out the muscular finish. Should settle in nicely with modest cellaring. Malbec. Drink now through 2011."
"From longtime Catena winemakers Mariano de Paola and Pepe Galante, this is a deep, black-fruited Malbec with a cushioned bouquet, violet notes and delightful blackberry character. The palate is deep, juicy, healthy and balanced, and the finish is smooth and offers a whiff of coconut. Solid, serious and good now through 2013."
"Good bright ruby-red. Brooding aromas of black cherry, menthol and licorice, lifted by violet. Densely packed and fine-grained but a bit youthfully tight, with fresh acidity contributing to the impression of vinosity. But there's also lovely subtle sweetness here. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and good length. A subtle and stylish version of Argentine malbec. The fruit comes from the primera zona vineyards of the Tupungato and La Consulta districts."
International Wine Cellar