94 pts James Suckling April 2020
This shows a compressed palate of blackberries and licorice with hints of currants. Full-bodied. Svelte. So delicious to drink now, but will improve with age. Cabernet franc, bonarda and malbec. Enjoy now or hold in your cellar.
Founded by Ernesto Catena, a fourth-generation winemaker of Italian descent, Alma Negra means Black Soul due to the deep, intense color of the wines made from the Bonarda grape. The first wines made, which were all reds, had a real “black soul” when you saw them in the glass. Ernesto
also wanted to create a wine about which little was known concerning the composition or technical details, so that the wine was judged solely on how the taster perceived it. When the line was launched in 2006, the wines were named Misterio, and the mask on the label was a symbol for
a hidden identity or mystery.
A wine with dense, dark, and intriguing aromas of dark berries and coffee with a wonderful earthy aroma. It flows smoothly with rounded tannins which last for a long time with echoes of cooked ripe blackcurrants.
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