2015 Catena DV "Tinto Histórico" Mendoza

SKU #1352607 93 points James Suckling

 Aromas of mushroom, dark fruit. Hints of dark chocolate. Full and lightly chewy with a lovely texture and a ripe fruit finish. Juicy and delicious. I like the tea and bark at the finish.  (6/2017)

91 points Decanter

 Classy and gently perfumed with aromas of plums, blackberries, cherries, sweet spices and flowers. Excellent fruit concentration with ripe tannins and savoury flavours.  (5/2017)

Vinous

 Bright, nicely saturated red-ruby. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice pastille and flowers show a slight medicinal cast. Began chewy and a bit unrefined, if a bit less rustic than the 2014 version, but became smoother with time in the glass. Still the wine's tobacco leaf, menthol, black olive and licorice notes currently impinge on its black cherry fruit. This reminded me of a St. Estèphe! Finishes long, with serious but ripe tannins and suggestions of chocolatey oak and tarry dark berries. (ST)  (7/2017)

K&L Notes

Domingo Vicente Catena, father of Nicolas and grandfather of Laura Catena, originally created this iconic blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot, selling it to the best restaurants in Buenos Aires in the 1930s and '40s. This is an honest, authentic re-imagining of a blend that highlights Malbec's delicious fruit, with Bonarda's slightly rustic brawn and Petite Verdot's color and acidity. An authentic Argentinian blend, originally crafted for locals and now available to us.


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By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2018 | Send Email
I spent most of my career in the restaurant industry and sold a ton of Catena. My impression was that the wines were easy drinking and middle of the road. However that is not longer my opinion. I'm super excited and really impressed that they are really honing in on these smaller appellations, and making wines with so much character, and concentrating on the terroir. This blend is a tribute to Don Domingo Vicente Catena, who made this style popular in the 1930's. This was the blend he would sell to the upscale French Bistros, in Buenos Aires. This is a blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot. Delicious and classic

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2018 | Send Email
I am really enjoying what Catena is doing right now. I am totally fired up with the appellation releases that they have done. I think that the time is right for us in the US, and elsewhere, to really dig into the dirt of Mendoza, and Catena is giving us a master class at a really affordable price. While this wine is not digging into the soils of Mendoza it is looking at the roots of the industry. Bonarda and Malbec were and are the pillars that Argentine wines stand on. It is delightful to see them blended together like they used to be. There is a real synergy here. The aromas are heavy but lifted with dark fruits, a floral note, and a savory almost grilled meat tone. The palate is rich but not heavy build around pleasantly aggressive tannins and more of that dark, pretty fruit. A hearty yet friendly wine that is easily enjoyed by itself but it really wants you to have something rich and meaty so it can help you wash it down.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2018 | Send Email
If Buenos Aires is the "Paris of South America," then it follows that Argentina would be France, which - at least in terms of their high per capita consumption of wine - is pretty spot on! Catena's Tinto Historico is a nod to the Argentinian population's love of red wine, and a particular style of red blend that consisted of some Malbec, for sure, but was also significant for its use of Bonarda, Argentina's original red grape of preference. The resulting wine is a bit more savory and brawny, drier as well, with less noticeable oak spice than many Malbecs at this price point. And, it is delicious. For a suggestion of what Catena's wines once tasted like, and a feel for the style of everyday red that is still wildly popular in Argentina, you cannot do better than Catena's tinto histórico. Serve in a decanter or carafe, with lots of company and good food, for maximum efecto argentino!

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Varietal:

Malbec

- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.
Country:

Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5