A stunner that I never even saw coming

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Brand NameCatena
Wine NameMalbec
Vintage (Year)2009
AVAMendoza Province
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeMalbec
Dry/Sweet Level
(1-5; 5 being the sweetest)
Body Range
(1-5; 5 being full-bodied)
Wine GroupsLadykillers
Heaven in a Bottle
Alcohol %13.5%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating10 (on a scale of 1-10)

I attended a wine tasting yesterday and they presented some of the best wines rated by Wine Spectator.  This was one of them.  I really tend to stay away from most Malbec wines as many just don't seem to deep, complex or even like the winemaker wasn't just dialing it in.  I have probably come across less than five which wowed me, and this one is one of them.

You get a combination of smoke and cocoa in the taste which is has a nice long finish that stays with you for more than thirty seconds.  The weight is a little heavy on the tongue but the feel is superbly smooth.  The more you taste, the more you get cocoa mixed with dark fruit.  And this is wondrous.  Definitely a must have wine for the year.


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