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Wine Review: A Malbec to Remember

Everyone has their favorite grape varietals. For my wife, it's Shiraz and Chardonnay. I'm partial to Pinot Noir and Sangiovese. When I see a bottle of Malbec on the shelf at the wine store, it's not the first thing I reach for. It's not that I don't like it - I've just never been that impressed with the grape. But last night, I tried a Malbec that really struck a chord: the Catena 2006 Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.

Plenty of pleasing aromas of licorice root and sweet plum float easily out of the glass. It's a very smooth, medium-bodied wine, full of brambly berries and oak. The wine trails off into a silky long finish that will have you reaching back for another sip right away.Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate both give this one a 91. I like it, but I’m going to go one lower at 90. Still, the Catena has given me a new appreciation for Malbec. Now, I'll be much more likely to grab a bottle the next time I'm at the wine shop.

Quaffability Rating: 90

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“Wine Review: A Malbec to Remember”

  1. Blogger Pablo Lastorta Says:

    Excellent choice! Do you want another recommendation that will keep you convinced of how good Malbec is? If you ever get a chance, you should seek out Naiara Malbec. It will blow your mind how good these wines are for their price. Rated by Parker & Wine & Spirits Mag as Argentina's Best Buy for Malbec.