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Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2008

Malbec from Argentina, South America
  • RP 97
  • WS 93
  • W&S 91
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Winemaker Notes

The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2008 shows a saturated dark violet color; the nose offers cassis, mocha and clove, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of tobacco, dark berries, spices and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.

Serve with lamb chops with spinach and chevre.

Critical Acclaim

RP 97
The Wine Advocate

The 2008 Argentino Malbec is a blend of 65% Adrianna and 35% Nicasia fruit. It, too, spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. The Argentino offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile but with just a bit of extra nuance, presumably because of the blending. Dense, rich, and voluptuous, this lengthy effort should easily achieve its 20th birthday in peak form. It will be most enjoyable to taste these three wines side-by-side in another 10-15 years.

WS 93
Wine Spectator

Very pure for the vintage, offering a core of racy blackberry, raspberry ganache and spicy fig paste notes that are woven with nuances of Asian spice, mesquite and grilled herb that linger on the long, fruit-filled finish. Drink now through 2015. 400 cases imported.

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W&S 91
Wine & Spirits

Soft and subtle aromas of figs and violets meld in this sweet malbec, its texture as creamy as ga­nache. It opens in the glass to reveal a cooler tone of cherries, refreshing the palate. Roast duck will highlight the voluptuous texture.

Catena, Argentina, South America
Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura... View More