Catena Appellation La Consulta Malbec 2021 / 750 ml.

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SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2023
Juicy and inviting, with heavy citrus nuances to the vibrant black cherry and berry flavors, revealing a trace of red licorice underneath and a light toasty brambly edge to the finish around fine tannins. Drink now through 2028. 7,000 cases made, 5,000 cases imported. (Aaron Romano)

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SP90 90 pts. / Wine Spectator (Nov 30, 2023)

Juicy and inviting, with heavy citrus nuances to the vibrant black cherry and berry flavors, revealing a trace of red licorice underneath and a light toasty brambly edge to the finish around fine tannins. Drink now through 2028. 7,000 cases made, 5,000 cases imported. (Aaron Romano)

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Region / Mendoza

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Mendoza is Argentina's biggest wine region, and with a footprint that spans a diverse geography, it's able to produce a wide array of wines. Chief amongst them are Argentina's ever-popular Malbecs, but you'll also find world-class Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, and more produced here. The geography is diverse, but tends to be mountainous, and the higher elevations play a sizable role in grape growing, providing cooler temperatures at night.

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Argentina took the wine world spotlight in the late 20th century with its plush, smooth Malbec. While the popular red grape still reigns supreme, Argentine wineries are increasingly putting forth excellent examples of multiple varietals, all at the extraordinary bargains that make this region so accessible.

Now the fifth largest wine-producing nation in the world, Argentina enjoys high-altitude and low-humidity vineyard sites, comparatively unencumbered by insects and disease. Argentina’s unique terroir has captured the interest of such internationally celebrated winemakers as Paul Hobbs and Michel Rolland, both of whom have projects in the country.

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SKU 84970
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Catena Appellation La Consulta Malbec
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Product Location - Location-Appellation Mendoza
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 13.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Catena
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2021
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Spec. Designation Sustainable
Organic Description BdA Certified Sustainability
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Malbec
Primary Grape Malbec
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2022
There’s better integration of the oak and better balance, harmony and elegance in the 2021 Privada Family Blend. It was produced with 40% Malbec and 30% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from vineyards in Luján de Cuyo. It feels very integrated, with each variety adding aromas and flavors and coming through as complex and powerful. This has to be one of the finest vintages for this bottling. Maybe they used less new barrels… 220,000 bottles produced. (Luis Gutiérrez)
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RP9898 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2022
The new top-of-the-range 2021 Jardín de Hormigas Los Amantes was produced with organic grapes from plot number 15 in their Jardín Altamira property, 1.2 hectares where there are some 80 centimeters of topsoil rich in silt that gives the balance between meat and bones and then big granite rocks with limestone, the big bones. The big bones require a little more meat, so a little more soil… It fermented with 15% whole clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 15 months. It has 13.5% alcohol and keeps very good freshness and balance. This felt very different from the Appellation Altamira (which was also from a different vintage), more aromatic, with lots of flowers, with lots of layers and personality, which is impressive for vines planted in 2017. Place before age… It’s balanced and expressive, with very fine tannins and a dry finish. The place even before the variety... It’s elegant and ethereal with grip from the chalky tannins. It’s impressive how noble the variety is and how the young vines can produce a wine with this depth. SUPER ELEGANT. A great debut! 4,300 bottles were filled in May 2022. (Luis Gutiérrez)
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Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2021 / 750 ml.

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 95578

RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2022
I tasted the 2021 Reserva Malbec next to the 2022, the same as with the other reds in the Reserva Range, and it was interesting to see how, despite being similar years, the 2022s have a little more precision. This is what Santa Julia is about—fruit and varietal character with freshness, balance and moderate oak. Here, 20% of the volume matured in used French oak barrels for 10 months, and the rest was kept in stainless steel. 800,000 bottles. (Luis Gutiérrez)
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Norton Malbec D.O.C. 2021 / 750 ml.

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 88135

JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, March 27, 2023
Lots of fruit and flowers here. Elegant violets, dark cherries and a fine twist of peppery spice. Quite juicy on the medium-bodied palate with nice tension to the fine-grained tannins. Round, pristine and well-balanced. Drink now. (Zekun Shuai)
VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2023
From Luján de Cuyo, the 2021 Malbec was aged for six months in used barrels. The nose offers ripe plum with jam and oak notes. Plush and dry on the palate with a velvety texture and full body. Expressive and fluid. A pleasant red, exactly what one would hope for from a Luján de Cuyo Malbec. The continued significance of this wine—whose style hasn’t charged much over the years—is evidence of the variety’s success with consumers. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
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Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 / 750 ml.

2021 / 750 ml.

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JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Lots of fresh black and blue fruit on the nose with dried leaves, chocolate orange and rosemary. Medium-bodied with fine, polished tannins. Fresh, creamy cabernet. Drink now. (James Suckling)
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2022
The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Catena contains 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot from the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo. Garnet red in hue. The nose presents bold notes of redcurrant, hints of roasted red pepper and gentle aromas of fresh bell pepper within an oaky frame. Voluminous and grippy, the acidity is juicy, vibrant and just a bit tart. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
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Catena Alta Chardonnay 2017 / 750 ml.

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 87123

VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Jul 2018
Bright yellow-green. Precise aromas of white peach, citrus fruits and flowers. Rich, suave and smooth, offering noteworthy purity and breadth to its white fruit and mineral flavors. Plusher and rounder than the 2016 but maintains a light touch and finishes with excellent subtle persistence. This is easier to taste today than the 2016.
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Catena Chardonnay 2013 / 750 ml.

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Catena Malbec 2020 / 750 ml.

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 76066

WS9090 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 10/22
This wine unleashes a barrage of flavors—huckleberry, wild herbs and currants—that lose steam as the tannins take over, lasting on those sticky malbec tannins. It’d be fun to play with pairing ideas, so open it at the beginning of a dinner party and try it alongside everything from cheeses and olives to the main roast.
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JS9999 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, August 2, 2021
Honeysuckle, ripe pear and some dried apple. So perfumed. Full-bodied with incredible intensity and length. So much green-apple character and lots of flowers. Dried mango, too. The touch of flor growth in the barrel gives this unique character. Goes on for minutes on the finish. Endless, vibrant acidity. Minerally texture. Drink now or hold.
RP9898 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Mar 2021
The very minty 2019 White Bones Chardonnay comes from select rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary. The name refers to the soil underneath these rows, which is layered with calcareous deposits and limestone as well as fossilized animal bones — remnants of a river that used to pass through the region, closer to Los Cerrillos del Jaboncillo; it’s an old soil in a new formation. 2019 is a cool vintage, and the wine is only 12.6% alcohol and has notable acidity (8.1 grams), and it always has a more extroverted personality than the more austere White Stones. It has tons of aromatic herbs, thyme, lavender, lemongrass, rockrose and balsamic with some curry (the wine had some aging under flor), and it has a vibrant palate where the acidity is effervescent and lively and the finish salty. It’s vibrant and sharp, more in the style of a Chablis. Truly outstanding. This is a very recognizable wine. 6,000 bottles were filled in May 2020.
VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2021
The 2019 Chardonnay White Bones Adrianna Vineyard is from the eponymous vineyard in Tupungato and was aged for up to 16 months in used French barrels. Pale yellow with golden flecks. The intense aromatic profile is led by herbs such as basil and a crystal-clear lavender whiff, alongside cedar, vanilla and a backdrop of green apple. Broad and creamy on the palate but with a terse texture and superb freshness, this has an unctuous feel. White fruit aromas appear at the back of the mouth. Ending with a lovely, herbal finish, this is a wine inspired by Chablis but possessing a wild purity all its own.
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Nicolas Catena Zapata 2016 / 750 ml.

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RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2019
The 2016 Nicolás Catena Zapata has not been released, and they are going to sell the 2017 before it. This is the one wine, together with the Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec, that is sold through the négoce in Bordeaux for Europe and Asia. This is backward, serious and austere, with terrific balance and great length. This is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary and 31% Malbec from Nicasia. There is also some 8% Cabernet Franc that seems to add a touch, and in 2016, it didn’t need irrigation because there was enough rain. This seems to follow the style of the 2013, a little tight, perhaps because of the Cabernets. This is nuanced and complex, with very good integration of the varieties and the oak, fruit, acidity and mineral texture. One of the best vintages for this bottling. 74,400 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2017.
JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, March 27, 2019
This a rich and flavorful red, showing blackcurrants and tobacco. Full-bodied, soft and fruity with bright and spicy, oyster-shell and fresh-herb character. Serious cabernet blend. Drink or hold.
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Catena Alta Malbec 2018 / 750 ml.

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 96626

JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, April 2, 2020
Beautiful blackberries and green tea with some blueberries. Medium body with beautiful balance, freshness and whole-berry sensibility and brightness. Subtle and sophisticated. Drink or hold.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Mar 2021
The 2018 Catena Alta Malbec shows more evolution and ripeness than the 2019. It’s varietal and floral with a mixture of red and black fruit, sweet spices and aromatic herbs. It has moderate ripeness — in fact, it’s a little lower in alcohol than the 2019 — a medium body and fine-grained tannins, with good grip. 162,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2019.
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2020
A Malbec from Mendoza made from a selection of parcels in different terroirs in Primera Zona and the Uco Valley that spent 18 months in French oak, this is complexity in a bottle. The ripe, layered, evolving nose delivers plum and violet notes followed by a hint of acidic cherry over a woody backdrop. Fleshy on the palate, it offers the good grip and volume typical of Malbec as part of a satisfying combination that also includes a terse texture and juicy freshness.
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2022
Well-structured and juicy, with dark cherry and plum tart flavors that feature firm tannins and acidity. The spicy finish offers baker’s chocolate notes and peppery hints. Drink now through 2024. 13,500 cases made, 3,500 cases imported. (Kim Marcus)
WS9090 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 10/21
This is a selection of individual blocks from the Catena vineyards in Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. Each block ferments separately on indigenous yeasts, with lees stirring to stabilize it and reduce the addition of sulfur. Eighteen months of oak aging leaves an impression that dampens the finish, but the beginning is spring-like and vivacious, like a meadow in bloom. It’s got the firmness to match up with summer sausage and hard cheeses on a picnic.
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Catena Chardonnay 2022 / 750 ml.

2022 / 750 ml.

Item #: 93062

JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, April 4, 2023
A pretty mineral nose with a creamy layer to the roasted pineapples, lemon and marzipan. Fresh and really textured on the palate with a medium to full body. It has a lightly phenolic, viscous texture and a bright acidity. Very good value. Drink now. (Zekun Shuai)
SP8787 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2023
Direct and juicy, with spice-poached pear and mangosteen flavors, picking up subtle herb and mineral traces on the finish. Drink now. 26,000 cases made, 4,000 cases imported. (Aaron Romano)
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RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Jun 2018
The 2016 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon was bottled November 2017 and was also available for tasting even though the wine will be released in 2019. It’s a phenomenal effort of freshness, elegance and finesse while being faithful to the variety. Really impressive. 9,600 bottles produced.
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Jul 2018
Bright ruby-red. Less deep on the nose than the 2015 version but pungent and fresh, with red fruit and spicy red pepper aromas accented by an herbal suggestion of tobacco leaf. Leaner and less sweet than the 2015 but still a bit youthfully tight. With less dimension and depth, the tannins come off as slightly dry. This wine suffers by comparison to many of the current red wine releases from Catena Zapata but it’s still a success in the context of its vintage.
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