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2014 Catena Malbec

Appearance: Ruby red, mild legs, wild cherry tint.

Nose: licorice, mineral, black currant and cherry on the nose.

Palatte: black berry, currant on the tip. Swish around and you get a touch of clove, earth, prune and mineral. The wine has mild tannins, light to medium bodied, and low acidity as it runs down.

Review:

This wine comes from the High Mountain Vines or the Catena Zapata Family Vineyards.

Everybody knows that a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina is bound to be good. I expected something bold, full and fruity. I got 1 of 3. The wine is lighter than my typical pick. Light to medium bodied make it a great wine for the masses. Its easy to drink, mild on the taste buds and nose, and it comes down easy without too much linger. I am a fan of the black currant-cherry combination it gives; it introduces you on the nose and finishes off its welcoming on the palette. This wine would make a great poaching liquid for Wine Braised Spanish Chorizo, a great pairing with a tomato-rich Paella, or a simple Manchego cheese platter with pepper crackers or crostini.

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