2015 Catena Appellation Malbec Lunlunta

SKU #1337177 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I also tasted the 2015 Appellation Lunlunta Malbec, a cooler vintage that resulted in a more austere and stony wine, incredibly mineral for the price range. The nose takes time to take off, and it's more subtle than the 2014, but in the same spectrum of aromas. There is good freshness and elegance here, with ultra-fine tannins and very good acidity. A bargain. (LG) 91+  (12/2016)

90 points Vinous

 Bright, dark red. Sexy scents of blackberry and violet. Juicy and firmly built but not especially fleshy or deep. Lively dark fruit and mineral flavors are accented by hints of spices and herbs. Very nicely balanced Malbec with noteworthy purity to its dark berry flavors. (ST)  (7/2017)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2018 | Send Email
For those of you who prefer a lighter style of Malbec with more elegance than force, this is the wine for you. The aromas are more pronounced and have plenty of red fruit character, with some intriguing baking spice. On the palate the wine is a medium-light weight and has excellent, fine-boned tannin and fresh acidity. It reminds me more of a Cahors, though with softer tannin than is typical there.

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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