Laura Catena is busy enough racking up award after award for her family’s flagship Catena lines that one would think between co-authoring one of the best books on Malbec, running the day-to-day operations of the family business, running a medical clinic, and releasing new high-altitude variations on malbec that she would have enough on her plate. However, just to keep things interesting, several years ago she launched the La Posta line of wines, allowing folks to sample single-grower, single-vineyard wines which would otherwise lack the scale or logistics to reach a wider audience and a reasonable price point. As releases hit our local stores, we’ll be adding updates to the entire line as a refresh from our initial reviews back in 2018. For now, we start with one of the more readily available offerings.
Grown by the Pizzella family from Paraje Altamira in Mendoza’s Uco Valley, this is a big and smoky monster that comes in fast and heavy with plum, oak, and spice immediately on the nose. Giving this time in the glass mellows matters ever so slightly, with clove and nutmeg shining through the dark fruit. A very full and lengthy finish with chewy tannins finds good company with oak, blackberry, and a touch of pepper hanging around to deliver a very classic malbec profile. This is definitely a bottle to serve with a very hearty game-based dinner, straight off of the grill.
The quality presented here is a steal at twice its asking price, and the bottles in this range are also easy to look at, especially if you’re a fan of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements of the 1920s. Which I am.
A- / $15 / lapostavineyards.com