2020 Catena Malbec Lunlunta Mendoza

SKU #1706839 92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2020 Appellation Lunlunta Malbec is from a riper year than the 2019, but they still managed to keep the alcohol to a moderate 13.65% and retain enough freshness to make the wine fresh and balanced with some earthy rusticity and juicy fruit. It was bottled after eight months in oak barrels, and the wines show increasingly less oak. (LG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 Malbec Catena Appellation Lunlunta hails from Luján de Cuyo on the alluvial river bank of the Río Mendoza and was aged for eight months in 35% new barrels. The region makes for an enticingly ripe and juicy nose of plum and redcurrant, both fresh and preserved, violets, white pepper and pencil box. In the mouth, it’s fleshy and compact with grippy tannins and a gentle, voluminous freshness and juice. A well-made wine, especially considering the year. (JH) Inner quote mark (11/2021)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A nose of bright cherry and plums announces a fresh and fruity palate. Plum, blackberry and hints of tobacco are supported by plush, firm tannins and lively acidity. This is an enjoyable and full-bodied Malbec. (JV) Inner quote mark (7/2023)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Wonderfully juicy, this packs in flavors of ripe strawberry and cherry preserves, with an inlay of smoke and spice underneath. Ends with hints of orange peel on the finish, around smooth tannins. (AR) Inner quote mark (11/2022)

K&L Notes

Mendoza is a very large wine region with a great deal of local diversity. It is a wine region where there are less than 50 miles separating sites that are as cold as Champagne and sites that are as hot as North Africa. And it all can be labeled Mendoza! Catena created the appellation series to highlight and familiarize consumers with the different sub-regions within Mendoza, not unlike how Robert Mondavi did to Napa in the 1980’s. Lunlunta is a small subregion located south of Mendoza City on the Northern shore of the Mendoza River. This and the surrounding area are where modern viticulture started in Mendoza. The proximity to the Mendoza River means the soil here is alluvial, they are sandy with a lot of silt and clay. Malbecs from this region are rich, and the clay really informs the texture and length of the mid-palate. This wine comes from a vineyard planted in 1930 and like all of Mendoza it is high elevation at 2700 feet. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in one year old French oak barrels. This is a classic Malbec, the perfect starting point for exploring the region's diversity.

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By: Alexandre Tweedie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2023 | Send Email
First and foremost, Catena's Lunlunta department Malbec is one of the friendliest Uco Valley Malbec's I've had in quite a while, but don't confuse it's friendliness for a lack of seriousness! While being definitively fruit driven, with incredibly pure plums and deep purple fruits and soft baking spices on the palate, there is enough minerality shining through in this wine to prevent all of the fruit from falling into the "jammy" category. Being right off the Mendoza river, the alluvial riverbed soils provide a caliche (calcium carbonate) core of limestone to the wine, providing ample structure to hang the soft fruits of this wine off of. Perfectly accessible to people new to Argentinian wine, or a welcome break from some of the more "aggressive" wines from the region, Lunlunta is a soft, yet present bottle of lovely Malbec.

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