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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Argentina! It’s Spring time in Mendoza and the snowmelt from the Andes is flowing through ancient canals bringing water to what would be a desert-like climate. The Catena family has made wine here since 1902 and Nicolas Catena is considered the Godfather of modern Argentine winemaking. He has utilized a combination of skill, persistence, exploration and luck to build his enological empire and today his wines represent the standard of quality for Argentine wines. These reds will be perfect with roasted meats and steaks for the holidays while the Chardonnay will pair well with shellfish, seafood and roast chicken. They are exceptional values and would make great gifts too!

Cheers!
Bill The Wine Guy

 


 

Catena Malbec Mendoza 2012
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The Catena Malbec presents a deep violet color. This microclimate blend of four unique vineyards offers intense aromas, a soft texture, and concentrated flavor. Deep aromas of ripe red and dark fruits are joined by delicate violet and lavender notes, with traces of vanilla and mocha. A rich, concentrated mouthfeel is highlighted by flavors of blueberries and blackberries with a touch of sweet spice, and leather. The wine finishes with bright acidity, well-integrated and silky tannins, and a flinty minerality that lingers on the palate.

 


Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2013
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The wine shows an intense straw yellow color with greenish highlights. The extraordinary combination of vineyards offers concentrated aromas of ripe citrus and honeyed tropical fruits with notes of peaches, white flowers, and spicy vanilla. On the palate, citrus and stone fruit flavors abound followed by flavors of pear and ripe melon with vanilla, sweet spice, and toast. The finish is fresh and crisp leaving traces of minerality on the palate that entice one to another sip.

 


Catena Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2012
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The wine shows dark ruby color with violet tones. On the nose, it offers intense aromas of ripe raspberries and cassis with notes of pepper, clove, and a touch of cedar. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich and displays layers of black currant and black raspberry with notes of cedar and oregano. This Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine with silky tannins that provide structure and a long and persistent finish.

 


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