Catena Vista Flores Malbec 2016

Family vintners for over 100 years, the Catenas are recognized internationally for their pioneering role in high-altitude viticulture and in leading Argentina’s Malbec revolution. In the 1950s, Don Domingo began sourcing Malbec from the historic vineyards in of Vista Flores in Tunuyán. Domingo prized the region’s Malbec above all others from its dark color and structured tannins. Catena Malbec Appellation Vista Flores is a wine with a pure expression of this unique terroir. 30-year-old vines give red and black fresh fruits flavors, sweet texture and character. Cold nights lend bright, crisp acidity and the intense sunshine give explosive floral aromatics and concentrated structure.

Tasting Notes

The Catena Malbec Appellation Vista Flores shows a dark violet color with black reflections. The nose offers ripe, concentrated dark and red fruit aromas with delicate floral notes of lavender and violet, and mocha. The mouthfeel is rich and full with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish presents soft, well-integrated tannins with bright, crisp acidity that gives the wine exceptional length.

Food Pairing

Catena Malbec Appellation Vista Flores is an ideal pairing to grilled steaks and would be a wonderful complement hearty meat dishes with lamb and pork.

 

Production Info
Vineyard name
Vista Flores, District of Tunuyán
Vineyard size
25-100 acres
Soil composition
Clay, Silt, and Sand
Training method
VSP
Elevation
3,117-3,281 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Yield/acre
5-7 tons
Exposure
Northern
Harvest time
March 25 - April 18
First vintage of this wine
2006
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Malbec
Prefermentation Technique
Cold maceration
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New and Old
Length of alcoholic fermentation
23 days
Fermentation temperature
75 - 80 °F
Maceration technique
Punchdown and Pumpovers
Maceration length
35
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
10 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12 months

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