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The First Family of Argentina | Laura Catena Goes Out on Her Own to Craft Old Vine Malbec!!

Luca Old Vine Malbec Uco Valley Argentina 2015

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Luca Old Vine Malbec Uco Valley Argentina 2015
James Suckling
Vivino Users, (4.1)
“Loved it, typical teeth and tongue-stained with that dark, inky red color.”

The incredible track record of Catena can’t be understated – and Vivino users are unanimous in their approval.  Every day, top ratings pour in for their wines, and Catena leads Vivino with a 4.1 rating across all wines – with a staggering 392,000 ratings!  That’s more than Victoria or Saskatoon!  So many purple smiles! A hallmark of Best-in-class Malbec with incredible concentration and complexity!

Enter Laura Catena! Her new incredible project highlighting the Old Vines of Argentina, and taking the 

About the wine

Winemaker’s notes:

The Catena Malbec Appellation Vista Flores shows a dark violet color with black reflections. The nose offers ripe, concentrated dark and red fruit aromas with delicate floral notes of lavender and violet, and mocha. The mouthfeel is rich and full with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish presents soft, well-integrated tannins with bright, crisp acidity that gives the wine exceptional length.

Family vintners for over 100 years, the Catena family is recognized for their pioneering role in high-altitude viticulture and in leading Argentina's Malbec revolution. In the 1950s, Don Domingo Catena began sourcing Malbec from the historic vineyards of Vista Flores. Domingo prized the region's Malbec for its dark colored and structured tannins.

Catena is more than wine; their story is also about family. The winery was started in 1898 by Nicola Catena after coming to Argentina from Italy. The first vines were Malbec and planted in 1902. Four generations later, Nicola’s great grand-daughter Laura is now at the helm and continuing to push Catena into revolutionizing Argentinian wines. Consistently high-rated and acknowledged by critics, Catena received Best Argentinian Winery in 2017 by Extraordinary Wine Awards presented by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Michelin Guide, as well as numerous Vivino Wine Style Awards


4.2/5.0Vivino Rating
93 Pts, Vinous
93 pts, James Suckling
AppellationUco Valley, Argentina 
Grapes: Malbec
Cooperage: 12 months in 35% new oak, combination of French (85%) and American (15%)
ABV: 14.5% 



93 Pts, Vinous

Saturated bright ruby. Lively aromas of blackberry, licorice pastille and violet. Richer, deeper and weightier than the Malbec Paraje Altamira, offering smooth flavors of blackberry, blueberry, violet and dark chocolate. Finishes compellingly sweet, with supple tannins and lingering black fruits and chocolate--and without any loss of focus or energy. Great Malbec for the price--or any price!

93 Pts, James Suckling

This is a really happening malbec with salt, white pepper and dark fruits. Full body, solid core of fruit and a long and intense finish. Drink now.

4.2 ★ - Vivino Users

“Loved it, typical teeth and tongue-stained with that dark, inky red color.”

“Another phenomenal Malbec from Catena Zapata winery.”

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