Family vintners for over 100 years, the Catena’s are recognized internationally for their pioneering role in high-altitude viticulture and leading Argentina’s Malbec revolution. In the 1950s, Don Domingo Catena began sourcing from the now famed vineyards of Altamira in the Uco Valley. This single appelation Malbec is sourced from their Nicasia and Angelica vineyards, generally reserved for their Alta Malbec label, which now sells for $50+ a bottle. Dark & inky the fine, attractive aromatic profile features fresh plum with violets and red berries. In a warm and dry year, it only reached 13.5% alcohol, and manages to keep its fresh, varietal charecter. With suave tannins and superb length, the Catena Altamira showcases just how elegant wines from Argentina can be!
"Fresh red berries, dried herbs mixed with white pepper, chili chocolate and a hint of cigar box. Dusty tannins on the medium-bodied palate seamlessly unwind and melt into a long, chalky finish. Outstanding quality, but a little more depth would take it to the next level. Delicious now, but can hold, too." James Suckling, 93 Points
"The 2021 Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec was my favorite from this range of Malbecs from different IGs (Indicación Geograficas, the appellations of Argentina), with freshness, elegance, balance, complexity and nuance. It has moderate 13.4% alcohol and very good freshness and acidity (in parameters and in the mouth), and it's clean, precise and ethereal with lots of energy. It is expressive and floral, varietal and with the full chalky texture that is a distinct characteristic of Altamira. It has polished tannins and finished tasty and long." The Wine Advocate, 92+ Points