Catena Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

A hefty Argentinean red impossible to dislike.  Big.  Not Tom Hanks Big but Al Pacino Godfather II powerful big.


Corked, decanted, as a sipper, tobacco, smoky-figgy, dark ruby colour, lush and fruity.  Quite different with dinner (pork loin chop broiled with olives, capers, lemon juice/zest, garlic, chicken stock) and roasted celeriac.  With food it became more typically Cab Sauv, peppery, not quite as smooth, some vanilla and tannins on the finish.  It didn’t taste new world to us and it shows yet again that whatever is going on down Argentine-way is working like a charm.   Great label to boot.


No complaints.  Liked it all around.  Only reservation is its weight, if you will; a little top-heavy for everyday consumption.  As they say in the famous Spectator, “great value.”


Price: $21.99 at BC Liquor.


Market Liquidity: Call of the wild.

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