As the evenings began to lose their lingering summer heat, and the smell of autumn begins to edge in, I look forward to more plush, sumptuous wines. In anticipation of autumn, I popped open Ernesto Catena Selections Padrillos Malbec 2008. A 4th generation winemaker and Mendoza native, Ernesto Catena is a man of many passions. From travelling the world to horseman, artist, and archer, Ernesto strives to produce wines that reflect his passion for wine, art and life in general; his wines are carefully crafted with a distinct character and in small batches. His vineyards are located in the Uco Valley in Mendoza and are certified organic; he is currently awaiting Demeter biodynamic certification this year. The Padrillos [translates to stallions] label is inspired by Ernesto’s passion for horses, and “expresses the wild spirit of Argentina’s true varietals”.
Inky dark violet in colour, aromas of lush grapes, sweet vanilla and woodsy oak radiated from the glass. Soft, jammy flavours of blackberry and grape mingled with black cherry notes in the medium to full body. Supported by firm tannins, spicy white pepper, toasty oak elements and hints of dried autumn leaves sustained the moderate finish. This is a juicy, plump, crowd-pleasing glass fantastic on its own or with dinner.
Estate Bottled by Bodega N B-73235
Enjoy now thru 2013