WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2020 Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec shows restraint and balance, and in a warm and dry year, it only reached 13.5% alcohol and manages to keep fresh varietal aromas of violets and red berries with some aromatic herbs and a medium-bodied palate with very fine tannins. A fresh wine from a warm year is not easy to make. Bravo!" The Catena family is one of the most important in the modern history of Argentinian winemaking. The current generation is led by Laura Catena and star winemaker Alejandro Vigil, who also collaborate on the well-loved El Enemigo project.
A decade ago, journalists kept asking Laura Catena, "what comes after Malbec in Argentina?" This question frustrated Laura because Malbec is a grape with 2,000 years of history which has survived centuries of fame, near-extinction, and rebirth.
So, Laura questioned the journalist: "Would you ask Aubert de Villaine of Romanée Conti what comes after Pinot Noir in Burgundy?" Laura proceeded to explain to this journalist how diverse the expressions of Malbec can be from North (Salta) to South (Patagonia) in Argentina and within the different sub-regions of Mendoza.
Laura realized though, that to explain this extraordinary diversity of Malbec flavors, the wines from the different terroirs should be bottled separately, and that is how the "Catena Appellations" line was born. The Altamira region, near Mendoza at around 3600 ft above sea level, was of early interest to Catena already in the 1950s for its contribution of elegance and aromas to their blends. Now you can experience it in its purity!
Family vintners for over 100 years, the Catena’s are recognized internationally for their pioneering role in high-altitude viticulture and in leading Argentina’s Malbec revolution. In the 1950s, Don Domingo Catena began sourcing Malbec from the vineyards of Altamira in the Uco Valley. Catena Malbec Appellation Altamirais an elegant, mineral, slightly spicy Malbec with a deep texture and flavors born of the combination of intense sunlight and cool nights.