2016 Catena Appellation Malbec Lunlunta

SKU #1412355 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Another beautiful wine is the 2016 Malbec Appellation Lunlunta, an appellation blend from older vines and the sandy, loamy soils of Lunlunta appellation, a sub-appellation of the Maipu IG. It offers more kirsch, blackberries, toasted spice, and dried herb aromas and flavors and is ripe, supple, and sexy on the palate. Beautifully balanced and medium to full-bodied, it has loads of upfront charm and appeal and is perfect for drinking over the coming 5-6 years.  (2/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Appellation Lunlunta Malbec had already been produced before the Appellation range was created. In 2016, they got lots of rain, and it was much colder than the average, so the grapes ripened slowly. This fermented in stainless steel for ten days, with a post-fermentation maceration of 16 days, followed by 12 months in oak barrels, mostly French, but with some 15% of them made of American oak. This has depth and complexity and is very classical but also clean and focused. This range would be like their village line, but they are sold at very low prices. They overdeliver. 26,400 bottles were filled in April 2017. (LG)  (6/2018)

90 points Vinous

 Deep ruby-red. Reticent but very precise and pure on the nose, offering high-pitched scents of blackberry, dark chocolate and botanical herbs. Boasts excellent texture for the year, with its classically dry blackberry and cassis fruit flavors lifted by an herbal character without coming across as vegetal or even particularly green. Not a fleshy wine but there's no shortage of density here. The 2017 version may be a bit denser and sweeter but this wine is already wonderfully suave, not to mention pure and long. Still, it would be shame not to give it another couple years in the cellar. (ST) 90+  (7/2018)

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5