Tuesday, June 12, 2007


As I searched for the perfect bottle over the weekend, it dawned on me how every year I struggle to find the right wine to open for my birthday. Even though much greater wines exist in my cellar, I was attracted to this bottle of Catena for several reasons. First off, I had two bottles of this Malbec so it was less of a sacrifice. I had also quickly tasted this wine at the Grand Tour last month and wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered. Most importantly, Catena is where my obsession for wine was born. The moment I tasted Catena Alta Chardonnay, my love affair began. So on reflection of the last year, my life and my experiences in the wine world, I couldn't think of a more fitting bottle than one from my favorite Mendoza vineyard.

This Argentina red is unfiltered, has 14.2% alcohol and is made from 100% Malbec.


Rich purple color with ripe blue and black fruit on the nose and palate. Dusty tannins with hints of cocoa, charred oak and vanilla. Smooth, full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of black currant on the mid-palate and finish.


92 PTS
This is a big, thick wine that really could use some more time in the bottle but it is drinking wonderfully now. Even better the second day as it reveals more concentrated fruit, balance and integrated flavors. Retails for around $37 making it a cheaper (and better) alternative than most California Cabernets in this price range.


  • My birthday is coming up soon too! June 26th. What are your criteria for a birthday bottle of wine? Should it echo what you are feeling? Should it be sweet and summery, like June? Should it comfort my subconscious fear of growing older and losing my dreams by being a well aged bottle with a complexity that only comes with age?
    Albany, NY

    Wine and Stories from the Vineyard blog - http://www.myspace.com/gamay

    By Blogger Kathleen, at Friday, June 15, 2007 1:26:00 PM  

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