Friday, September 15, 2023

Catena new releases!

We recently had the pleasure of tasting through a line-up of wines from Argentina’s most historic winery, Bodegas Y Vinedos Catena. While the tasting was mostly focused on Catena’s luxury portfolio, the two wines that stood out the most were the least expensive in the line-up. We absolutely loved the D.V. Catena Tinot Historico Red Blend (Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot) and were blown away by the San Carlos Cabernet Franc. The best part is each can be had for under $25.

2020 D.V. Catena Tinto Historico 1910...$19.99
77% Malbec, 17% Bonarda, 6% Petit Verdot

A hint of oyster sauce, dark mineral, asphalt and dark spices to the blackberries and dark cherries. Medium- to full-bodied on the palate with wild herbs and a mineral energy that connects the chalky, tight tannins to the fresh and delineated finish. Long, structured and pretty energetic. Drink or hold.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

2019 Catena San Carlos Cabernet Franc.....$23.99
The incredible 2019 Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc is super elegant, fresh, varietal, nuanced and complex. A wine like this often costs more money than the price point of the appellation range, but it feels like a bargain anyway. This is an updated version of the 2018, with precision and symmetry. It's vibrant and lively, velvety and focused. 72,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2020.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

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