91pts Wine Spectator
Features fine-edged macerated raspberry, cherry and red plum flavors, accented by notes of hot stone. Freshly ground coffee and spice details show on the tannic finish. Best from 2020 through 2024.
90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Appellation La Consulta Malbec had been recently bottled, so I got to try this pure Malbec from a warmish vintage after a number of cold El Niño years. However, 2017 was marked by low yields due to spring frost that decimated the harvest. It is a little riper, and the palate feels soft and approachable, with moderate acidity. It could stand on its own and is superb for the price, but it suffers in comparison with others from the Appellation range.
Family vintners for over 100 years, the Catenas are recognized for their pioneering role in high-altitude viticulture and in leading Argentina’s Malbec revolution. In the 1950s, Don Domingo Catena began sourcing Malbec from the vineyards of La Consulta. The combination of intense sunlight and cool nights yields a wine that Domingo prized for its deep purple color, black fruit aromatics and rich velvety tannins.