Monday, March 31, 2014

WOW: New Additions - Ernesto Catena Selections

WOW: Wine of the Week

New Additions: Ernesto Catena Selections
Line 39 Wines

New flowers, new buds on trees and new additions to'tis the season! is THRILLED to bring two new wines from Ernesto Catena to our clients.  These two red wines are perfectly priced at just $12 each!

Ernesto Catena, the owner of Ernesto Catena Vineyards in Argentina, is the eldest son of Nicol├ís Catena of Catena Zapata. A 4th generation winemaker, Ernesto has traveled and lived around the world, and along the way has earned a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Economy, a Master’s in Design in Milan and a degree in history in London. Defined by many as the "bohemian" side of the Catena family, Ernesto is a tireless and avid reader, painter, art collector, horseman, polo player and archer.

Product Description

"Ernesto Catena Selections are an expression of Ernesto Catena's intense passion for wine, Argentina, art, and life. A Mendoza native, Ernesto personally selects the fruit from the prestigious sites of Tupungato, La Consulta, Vistalflores, Altamira, Tunuyan in the Valle de Uco that is carefully crafted into wines of distinct character and typicity. Tahuan wines highlight Argentina's premier grape varieties, expressing seamless varietal character, enhanced by the microclimate of Mendoza. Structured and intense, Siesta wines capture the depth and complexity produced by the distinct combination of altitude, climate, and soil that define this exciting region which has been a great inspiration to international winemaking." - Winery Notes

Ernesto Catena Selections Tahuan Cabernet 2010 Reviews and Tasting Notes

"Good dark red.  Expressive aromas and flavors of redcurrant, plum, tobacco, licorice, chocolate and herbs.  Sweet and fresh on entry, then juicy and firmly built, showing excellent energy and lift (and a bit of unabsorbed CO2) and conveying an impression of solid extract.  Nicely balanced, honest cabernet with a firm spine of sweet tannins and noteworthy length." - 90, International Wine Cellar
A much softer, gentler, fruitier wine that can be enjoyed when only a year or two old, a blackcurrant juice feel, a vague whiff of milk chocolate, followed up by something ever so slightly salty on the palate.

Ernesto Catena Selections Tahuan Malbec 2011 Reviews and Tasting Notes

"A dense red, with terrific depth to the jammy blackberry, plum skin and fig paste notes, tightly woven with fine tannins and layers of mesquite, cocoa and spice. Drink now through 2017." - 90, Wine Spectator
The Tahuan Malbec opens to not quite a full purple color. On the nose the wine offers lots of toasty aromas, but then, after only a few minutes, the aromas of fresh and juicy red fruits -such as strawberry and cherry- take center stage. There are also intriguing hints of wild flowers and violets. It is a very well balanced wine in the mouth, delivering sweet, yet firm tannins, and with a soft and pleasant taste where all kinds of fruits freely express themselves.

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