Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina, South America
This wine has deep, dark, violet color with reddish hues. The nose offers intense, focused aromas of ripe cassis and black currant fruit intertwined with notes of tobacco, cedar, and a touch of eucalyptus. The mouthfeel is full and concentrated with layers of rich black berry flavors and elements of frosted mint, espresso and graphite.
Wine & Spirits - "This cabernet has the tension and intensity of flavor from grapes grown at high altitude. That character comes across in notes of sour cherries, blackberries and pepper. The structure is robust and powerful enough to match filet mignon with Roquefort. "
The Wine Advocate - "It exhibits an enticing perfume of wood smoke, cedar, tobacco, black currant and blackberry. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied with ample spicy black fruits, integrated tannins, complex flavors and a lengthy finish. It is an outstanding Cabernet value."
International Wine Cellar - "Good bright medium ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, mocha, cola and chocolatey oak are complicated by cooler suggestions of graphite and tobacco leaf. Sweet, lush and silky, but with nicely integrated acidity framing the dark berry and cedary oak flavors. This is fat with fruit and downright sexy, with none of the cooked character shown by many 2006 reds from Mendoza."
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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 Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate. View all Catena Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsBob Corcoran - Medford, MA411/17/2010I'm hooked - this is so easy to drink, refined, smooth, drinks like a pinot noir - wish it was still around - I'll WILL try the 2007Patricia Wootton - Newtown, CT56/21/2010I first had this wine at a wine tasting and it was amazing. I ordered a bottle and did not disappoint. I brought it for a dinner with friends and people were raving. It is about as smooth as a cab can get. Highly recommend!Related ProductsThe 2010 Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the best our vineyard has to offer. Rich and decadent, this ...
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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