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4.3
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4.8

Catena Alta Malbec

Catena Alta
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Wine Type
Red Still Wine
RegionMendoza
Alcohol Level
Country
Argentina
SubregionMendoza
Drinking Window
GrapesPetit VerdotCabernet FrancCabernet SauvignonMalbec
Wine Description:
The Catena Alta Malbec from Argentina's Mendoza region is a bold and powerful expression of Malbec. On the palate, it displays intense aromas of ripe blackberry, plum, and black cherry, with underlying layers of dark chocolate, espresso, and spice. The tannins are robust, giving the wine a full-bodied feel and a long finish. Its complexity and intensity make it an ideal pairing for grilled red meats, stews, and aged cheeses. Read more
Pros:
  • Rich, intense and elegant aromas of ripe blackberry, blueberry, and plum
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Cons:
  • Some may find the intense flavor of blackberry and blueberry too strong
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User Rating:

4.3
Most Reviewed

Expert Rating:

4.8

Wine Expert Note:

This Catena Alta Malbec is a complex and bold red wine with aromas of ripe dark fruit, dried herbs, and subtle spicy notes. On the palate, it is full-bodied and well-structured, with a good balance of tannins and acidity. Flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, and plum linger on the finish. This is a delicious wine with a long and persistent finish. Read more
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Wine sweetness is a measure of the amount of sugar present in a wine. Sweetness in wine can range from bone dry (no sugar present) to lusciously sweet (high sugar content). Sweetness is usually determined by the variety and ripeness of the grapes used, as well as the winemaking process.
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The alcohol level in wine is a measure of the amount of alcohol present in the beverage. The degree of heat or ‘burn’ at the back of the throat is roughly proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed. It ranges from Very Low to Very High.
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Wine intensity is a measure of the concentration of flavor and aroma compounds in a wine.The stronger and more noticeable the flavors and aromas are, the higher the intensity of the wine. Intensity in wine can range from neutral (not particularly intense) to pronounced (high intensity).
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Wine body refers to the weight and texture of wine on the palate. In other words, it is the degree of body a wine has, ranging from light-bodied to full-bodied. Wines with higher body appear to have a thicker texture and can sometimes coat the palate.
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Wine acidity refers to the tartness of a wine, which gives a tingling sensation on the side of the tongue. A metallic-like sharp taste is also associated with high acidity. Sometimes a high level of sweetness, such as in luscious dessert wines, can disguise a high level of acidity. Acidity can range from soft to searing.
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Wine tannin gives wine its textural mouthfeel and astringency. Tannin is a natural compound found in grape skins, seeds, and stems. It contributes to the structure and helps to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. Tannins are usually discussed when it comes to red wines, even though some white and rosé wines with certain wine making techniques can also contain tannins.
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