The 2006 Catena Alta Malbec presents a dark, opaque violet color, almost blackish
in hue. The nose offers freshly ground, ripe berry fruits with layers of wild flowers,
cinnamon spice, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and coating, with
exceptional weight and concentration but with a soft, 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.
"The 2006 Alta Malbec was sourced from small lots in several estate vineyards. It spent 18 months in 70% new French oak. Dark purple-colored, it displays a splendid nose of wild flowers, spice box, incense, black cherry and plum. This leads to an elegant, medium-bodied rendition of Malbec with a velvety texture, superb depth and concentration, succulent flavors with notes of chocolate and black pepper making an appearance, and a pure, silky finish. While it will continue to blossom for several more years, it can be enjoyed now.
The Wine Advocate
"Suave and polished, with a hefty but integrated dose of mocha and spice woven into the dark plum, melted fig and black licorice notes. The long, alluring finish drips with dark fruit. Drink now through 2011. 4,200 cases imported. "
"Good deep ruby-red. Musky black raspberry, dark chocolate and a hint of pepper on the nose. Suave, sweet and energetic, with lovely lift and definition to the creamy dark fruit and chocolate flavors. Ultimately sweeter than the Catena Alta cabernet. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins that arrive late but saturate the front teeth and build."
International Wine Cellar
"Ripe, juicy cherry flavors build around the center of this wine, surrounded by notes of leather and a light touch of violets. It's medium in body, balanced toward sweetness, yet the potent tannins need something meaty to soften them up. Try it with a ribeye."
Wine & Spirits