Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2008
Serve with lamb chops with spinach and chevre.
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.
Bright saturated ruby. Reticent, pure, very primary aromas of blackberry, licorice and minerals, with a whiff of pepper emerging with air. Sweet, dense, chewy and powerfully concentrated, offering superb lift to the cassis and blackberry flavors. Tactile, sappy and extremely long on the finish, showing sweet tannins and superb lift.
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.