Big name Malbec from Costco, the Catena Malbec.
Today's wine is a popular one (1.2 million bottles were produced) that typically gets some big scores. And it certainly sounds enticing when you look at the vineyard information on those "High Mountain Vines".
A blend of three vineyards that are divided into lots and harvested at different times, this wine comes from the 80 year-old vines of the Lunlunta vineyard at 3,018 ft (920m) of elevation, the El Cepillo, Eugenio Bustos vineyard at 3,593 ft (1,090 m) of elevation and the Gualtallary vineyard at 4,757 ft (1,450 m) of elevation.
For over four generations, the Catena Family has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes mountains. Catena Malbec is sourced from the family's historic high-altitude vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina. From the marriage of these historic parcels emerges a wine of unique character that has natural balance, concentration and a distinct varietal identity.
Estate Grown and Bottled by Bodega Y Vinedos Catena
Let's check out how it tastes...
The 2017 Catena Malbec is rather closed and even a bit funky when first pop opened but after a couple hours it starts to blossom. Black cherry, spice, licorice and nice touches of earth and tobacco all present nicely.
Tasting the wine reveals smooth, leathery dark berry fruit with spice, earth and tobacco also adding interest. Like we said, give it time to breathe, it slowly improved the more time it had in the glass.
The dry, very long and lasting finish was the best part. This is a worthy buy at the Costco price.