Thursday, May 7, 2015

Catena 2011 High Altitude Mountain Vines, Mendoza

Catena Malbec

It happens to the best of us. You and friends are enjoying the evening. You select a wine and start sipping – but the wine doesn’t quite cut it.

That happened about a week ago. The Green Dragon can start breathing fire if she doesn’t have good wine around the fire pit. She called a technical foul on my first wine selection so I ran down to the cellar and grabbed a bottle of 2011 Malbec from Bodega Catena Zapata.

This is a reliable wine that never fails to please in just about any situation. It came through again for me.

The wine is made with grapes from four different high altitude wineries. It is a deep violet color with wafting aroma of berry and plum.

It is a fresh wine with plenty of fruit-driven flavor. On the tongue it is lush and full. In addition to the red and black fruit flavors, it adds some harmonious spice notes.

For about $20, it is a classic Mendoza Malbec that delivers on taste and value.

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