Catena Malbec 2007
Malbec from Argentina, South America
#69 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
The 2007 Catena Malbec shows a dark violet color with deep bluish – black tones. The nose offers ripe, concentrated dark fruit aromas with delicate floral notes and traces of vanilla and mocha. The mouthfeel is rich and lush, with concentrated black cherry and red currant fruit flavors layered with sweet spices, tobacco and a touch of leather. The finish presents soft, supple tannins with bright, crisp acidity and a flinty minerality which gives the wine exceptional length.
Wine Spectator - "A sleek, polished style, with alluring mocha and raspberry ganache notes, backed by dark plum, hoisin sauce and graphite flavors. This has serious weight, but stays focused and driven. Drink now through 2011."
The Wine Advocate - "The purple-colored 2007 Catena Malbec spent 12 months in 35% new French and American oak. The nose reveals balsam wood, vanilla, mocha, cassis, and black cherry. Plush on the palate, this medium-bodied Malbec has layered, spicy flavors, with a touch of tobacco and leather making an appearance. Balanced and lengthy, it will evolve for 2-3 years and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2019. "
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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11 ratings, 7 with reviewsTopher - Saint Louis, MO512/18/2009I bought this bottle on the advice of a friend in the trade. I purchased it as a reward for completing a final exam and didn't take the time to decant it properly. So the first glass was slightly tart with a strong bite, which took me some time to drink. Meanwhile the rest of the bottle, given time to breath, developed the most delicious and well rounded taste. With every subsequent glass I fell more in love with this bottle, each taste reminded me of falling into a different candy lake in a Willy Wonka movie with flavors of berries, chocolate, and floral notes (complete with jazz hands and Oompa Loompas). I will be gifting this bottle to many of my friends this holiday, it’s definitely worth spreading the word! P.S. Purple Teeth!! But it was well worth it!!Anthony D'Esposito - Valley Village, CA31/9/201044/2/201247/4/2010I have had this wine several times and, it always seems to deliver. Catena has a spicy start, medium tannin with a smooth middle, and long finish. This wine has taste notes that will soften, and would be great over the next 5-10 years.Scott N - Lowell, MI25/18/2011Edward Andersen - Sterling, IL34/26/2011Sho Morimoto - Washington, DC43/28/2010A tart, piquant, and Sahara-dry red with a peppery finish, it's a Malbec with fruity and floral aromas and medium body and bold, sweet flavors (though not as strong as Zinfandel). It's great with pork chops and some hard cheeses, and will only improve with age, mellowing out some.43/25/2010This is the 4th bottle of this particular vintage I've had. Each of the four has been slightly different, but each was quite good. This Malbec seems to be sweeter than most. Definitely easy to drink and seems to be a crowd pleaser of wine afficionados and guzzlers alike.46/6/2010For the price, this is a steal - very good, straightforward Malbec.Feng - Washington, DC44/28/2010Stronger tannins than its 2006 vintage, which seems to call for a few more years aging. Taste improves after substantial aerating. Spices and fig paste infused taste. Quite pleasant a medium bodied wine. Pleasant and Balanced Taste, but it kinda lacks characteristics. Maybe aging will help. 89-90.jeff b - Southampton, PA54/26/2010Have had literally 50 different Malbecs all in the typical $10-$20 or so range...this is the best one yet! Just delicious...and for $20 or so...a real steal. Enjoy!
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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