Normally reliable but not this time Catena

I have enjoyed Catena wines from Argentina and here are some of the better experiences:

However this vintage of their High Mountain Vines Malbec is a huge disappointment.

  • 2018 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec High Mountain Vines – Argentina, Mendoza (7/31/2021)
    Day 1: Always like this producer and their base bottling usually delivers. This so far does not. Manufactured taste with ripe fruit, black licorice and spices. Not balanced at all. Very disappointing on a wine normally reliable. NOT recommended. 84 points
    Day 2: A bit thin and lacks complexity. This tastes like a cheap wine and very disappointed as it used to be a go to Malbec. Maybe the vintage but this is poorly made. 84 points
    Day 3: Sadly this wine is a former favorite but this vintage is terrible. Sweet and lacks complexity. Wondering if 2018 is a bad vintage or this winery is slipping on their lower end offerings. 82 points
    Recommedation: Don’t purchase. (84 points)

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