2015 Catena DV "Tinto Histórico" Mendoza SKU #1352607

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Domingo Vicente Catena, father of Nicolas and grandfather of Laura Catena, originally created this iconic blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot, selling it to the best restaurants in Buenos Aires in the 1930s and '40s. This is an honest, authentic re-imagining of a blend that highlights Malbec's delicious fruit, with Bonarda's slightly rustic brawn and Petite Verdot's color and acidity. An authentic Argentinian blend, originally crafted for locals and now available to us.

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  • Chantel Carroll
    By: Chantel Carroll
    4/17/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I spent most of my career in the restaurant industry and sold a ton of Catena. My impression was that the wines were easy drinking and middle of the road. However that is not longer my opinion. I'm super excited and really impressed that they are really honing in on these smaller appellations, and making wines with so much character, and concentrating on the terroir. This blend is a tribute to Don Domingo Vicente Catena, who made this style popular in the 1930's. This was the blend he would sell to the upscale French Bistros, in Buenos Aires. This is a blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot. Delicious and classic
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    3/29/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I am really enjoying what Catena is doing right now. I am totally fired up with the appellation releases that they have done. I think that the time is right for us in the US, and elsewhere, to really dig into the dirt of Mendoza, and Catena is giving us a master class at a really affordable price. While this wine is not digging into the soils of Mendoza it is looking at the roots of the industry. Bonarda and Malbec were and are the pillars that Argentine wines stand on. It is delightful to see them blended together like they used to be. There is a real synergy here. The aromas are heavy but lifted with dark fruits, a floral note, and a savory almost grilled meat tone. The palate is rich but not heavy build around pleasantly aggressive tannins and more of that dark, pretty fruit. A hearty yet friendly wine that is easily enjoyed by itself but it really wants you to have something rich and meaty so it can help you wash it down.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    3/29/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    If Buenos Aires is the "Paris of South America," then it follows that Argentina would be France, which - at least in terms of their high per capita consumption of wine - is pretty spot on! Catena's Tinto Historico is a nod to the Argentinian population's love of red wine, and a particular style of red blend that consisted of some Malbec, for sure, but was also significant for its use of Bonarda, Argentina's original red grape of preference. The resulting wine is a bit more savory and brawny, drier as well, with less noticeable oak spice than many Malbecs at this price point. And, it is delicious. For a suggestion of what Catena's wines once tasted like, and a feel for the style of everyday red that is still wildly popular in Argentina, you cannot do better than Catena's tinto histórico. Serve in a decanter or carafe, with lots of company and good food, for maximum efecto argentino!

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