The nose is complex, reminiscent of black berries (cassis, raspberries) and spicy hints of black pepper and clove laced with cedar, leather and subtle mineral notes of pencil lead.
On the palate, it is a well-structured, elegant wine of un unctuous, velvety texture. Finishes long and lingering with soft, round tannins and a bright, balanced acidity.
The Cabernet grapes were sourced from two different vineyards. Lot 3 from "La Piramide" Vineyard, planted in 1983, shows exceptional balance and homogeneity regarding yields and canopy management. The grapes from this vineyard lot offer intense cassis flavors and wonderful structure. Lot 2 from "Domingo" Vineyard, planted at a higher altitude, displays cold region aromatics of ripe black cherry, spicy notes of thyme and subtle minerality.
Low yields due to moderate frosts in the UCO Valley, an early harvest, and perfect balance. Laura Catena’s favorite vintage since 1995. After Harvest 2016, the smallest and coldest in three decades thanks to El Niño, Mendoza's wine producers were mourning their empty wineries and hoping for a big crop. But only Mother Nature gets to decide, and in 2017 we had another year of small yields—especially in the UCO Valley where most of our family’s vineyards are located. Spring frosts brought on by dryer and slightly cooler weather resulted in lower yields, and the UCO Valley Malbec was down 55%.
Max. Ferm.Temp. 23-27 ºC. 27-32 days maceration
12-14months in French oak
Of a deep violet red ruby colour with violet hues.