Catena Appellation Series Lunlunta Malbec Mendoza, Argentina

Catena Appellation Series Lunlunta Malbec Mendoza, Argentina

Catena Appellation Series Lunlunta Malbec Mendoza, Argentina

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In 1902, Nicola Catena, an Italian immigrant, planted his first vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. The winery has remained under family control for four generations. Owned today by Nicolás Catena and his daughter Laura, Catena Zapata is known as the pioneer of fine wine from Argentina, and Nicolás is recognized as the vintner who revolutionized wine quality in Argentina. A trained economist, Nicolás began this revolution in the early 1980s and continues to make wines that can be counted among the best in the world. (importer notes)

Lunlunta is an appellation on the Mendoza River straddling Maipú and Luján de Cuyo. Situated 3000 feet above sea level, it gives its fruit intense sunshine, wide diurnal temperature variations, cooling winds from the Andes Mountains, and alluvial soils characterized by mineral-rich clay, limestone, and sandy topsoils. These conditions of terroir bring forth wines with ultra-ripe fruit characters and balancing acidity.

Today's wine is a monovarietal sourced from old vines aged for 8 months in 100% new French oak. It is a gorgeous expression of the varietal, with ripe red and black fruits on the nose and palate, a silky texture, and a long finish.

Check out the press!

92 points, Vinous:
"Dark purple in the glass. The nose presents notes of ripe plum, white pepper, syrup, tobacco, and blackberry jam along with a touch of oak. Broad and creamy with precise freshness, it opens up to fill the mouth with flavors that last, as is generally true of Lunlunta reds." (9/22)

92 points, James Suckling:
"A pretty fruity malbec here with a hint of dark olives, spices, and strawberries. Lots of fruit on the fleshy, medium-bodied palate with sleek but present tannins." (4/4/23)

92 points, Robert Parker:
"The cool year kept the alcohol to a moderate 13.5% with the depth and wisdom from old vines that somehow transmit a sense of harmony. This classic zone produces traditional Malbecs with varietal typicity, floral with berries and herbs and a touch of sweet spices, fresh and balanced with some earthy rusticity and juicy fruit." (11/30/22)

Producer Name: Catena Zapate
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: Argentina
Region: Mendoza
Appellation:  Lunlunta
Grape Varietal: Malbec
Vintage: 2021
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
ABV: 13.5%
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Bordeaux-style bottle
Closure Style: Cork


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