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2014 Catena Paraje Altamira MalbecMalbec from Argentina

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Deep violet color with purple reflections. The nose offers concentrated aromas of ripe red and dark fruits with delicate floral notes. The mouth-feel is rich and concentrated, ...

  • 91+ Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 91 Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media
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91+

The 2014 Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec is sourced from a single vineyard in the new official Paraje Altamira appellation, where the soils are rich in limestone. The grapes from this vineyard planted in 1997 with a massale selection from the old vineyard used for the Lunlunta fermented in equal parts in stainless steel and open top 225-liter oak barrels where the wine is kept for around one year before it's blended, not necessarily in a 50/50 proportion. This is surprisingly fresh for a vintage like 2014 and with the telltale chalky tannins that are making the wines from Altamira famous. 9,000 bottles produced.

91 Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media

(with its cooler days and cooler nights and its well-drained clay, stone and limestone soil; the rugged Paraje Altamira section of La Consulta is a perfect place for Malbec, according to Alejandro Vigil): Good dark red-ruby. Sappy, smoky nose combines redcurrant, flinty minerals, musky underbrush and spices. Less sweet than the Appellation La Consulta bottling but broader, showing less red than black fruit character along with a complicating hint of mushroom. This wine started off a bit underwhelming but exploded with aeration, showing building sweetness and finishing with suave, ripe tannins and excellent length. Winemaker Vigil describes this wine as in a Chinon style but this is denser and sweeter than that.

Product Description:

Deep violet color with purple reflections. The nose offers concentrated aromas of ripe red and dark fruits with delicate floral notes. The mouth-feel is rich and concentrated, The finish presents well integrated-tannins with bright acidity and a flinty minerality that gives the wine exceptional length.

Product Detail

Item # 102029
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Sub-Region Mendoza
Ratings

91+ - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

91 - Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media

Vintage 2014
Color Red
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Malbec
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste pepper, earth, green, plum, mocha and currant
Nose spice, earth, currant and cherry