Number 23 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2007!
The 2004 Catena Alta Malbec shows a deep, saturated violet color with a blackish hue. The nose presents a wide array of dark berry fruits with notes of delicate violet flowers as well as sweet clove spices, a touch of cedar and leather. The mouthfeel is full and unctuous, with excellent weight and supple texture. The mid palate offers rich cassis and black currant fruit flavors interwoven with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. The lengthy finish shows wonderful minerality, with finely grained tannins and lively acidity.
"Dark and lush, with a gorgeous mouthfeel to the exotic fig, boysenberry and blueberry fruit flavors backed by intense spice, mocha, loam and licorice notes. Superlong, showing great drive and purity on the finish. A beauty. Drink now through 2010."