Ernesto Catena Padrillos Malbec 2015

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Ernesto Catena is the eldest son of legendary Argentine winemaker Nicolás Catena of Catena Zapata. A 4th generation winemaker, Ernesto has traveled, studied and lived in many parts of the world, and is defined by many as the 'bohemian' side of the Catena family. Ernesto is a tireless and avid reader, painter, horseman and polo player. Padrillos wines are inspired by Ernesto’s passion for horses. Padrillos (stallions) express the wild spirit of Argentina’s true varietals : Malbec first and foremost.

Padrillos Malbec is from the Uco Valley, in Mendoza.  The prestigious vineyards for this wine include Tunuyan, Vistaflores, Ernesto Catena Vineyard La Consulta and Altamira. The soils are loamy clay and sandy loam with high altitude vines. The yields are incredibly low at 3 tons per acre.  Aged for 8 months in 225 liter oak barrels, 50% French and 50% American (10% new, 40% 2nd and 3rd use) .

Category Wine
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation Alto Vale de Uco
Brand Ernesto Catena
Alcohol/vol 13.9%
  • js92

James SucklingA fresh and fruity wine with blackberry, plum and cherry character. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. A cool, refined and trend-setting wine.

January 2017