Catena Malbec 2008
Malbec from Argentina, South America
The 2008 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 spices, tobacco and a touch of leather. The finish presents soft, supple tannins with bright, crisp acidity and a flinty minerality that gives the wine exceptional length.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Malbec (priced just over the limit to qualify for the Value report), dark ruby red in color, it delivers an alluring bouquet of Asian spices, incense, lavender, and black cherry. Smooth textured, spicy, and easy-to understand, this pleasure-bent Malbec is an outstanding value for drinking over the next 4-6 years."
Wine & Spirits - "Aromas of violets and juicy raspberries power past this wine’s lighter scents of black pepper and cassis. Completely filled by the rich, generous fruit flavors that promise a good life in bottle."
Wine Spectator - "Rich and polished, boasting lots of pure cassis, blackberry and boysenberry fruit that courses along, carried by alluring spice, integrated toast and a nice, lingering anise note. Drink now through 2011."
Wine Enthusiast - "Wines like this have defined and propelled Malbec mania. It's ripe, bold and firm. with welcoming berry aromas and a powerful but healthy palate of ripped black cherry, berry and cola flavors. In the mix and on the finish you'll find coffee and mocha. Drink now and over the next two years. "
International Wine Cellar - "Full bright ruby. Superripe aromas of blackberry, licorice, mint, menthol and musky tobacco, plus an exotic suggestion of white fruit; almost a porty suggestion here. Sweet, lush and silky, with a layered texture to the intense plum and chocolatey oak flavors. As seamless and creamy as this is, it also boasts a high pitch and a brisk quality. Finishes with suave, dusty tannins and a whiplash of fruit. Drink this now or over the next several years."
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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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21 ratings, 7 with reviewsLove that wine - Mcallen, TX33/12/2013Unfortunately, with advertising the price has gone up. I have found better Malbecs for less money.jeff b - Southampton, PA312/3/2011mbetts7 - San Francisco, CA41/9/201241/7/2012
Sheridan Rawlins - Calabasas, CA511/6/2011susan little - San Francisco, CA58/12/2011always a winner!Joshua Iacuone - Dallas, TX38/2/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Past vintages have been great and good QPR. I was disappointed with the 2008. 88 pts.Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL26/29/2011ANGEL CUENTAS - Chula Vista, CA36/15/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
GOOD MALBEC...asm369 - New York, NY15/29/2011Skip Bown - Yorba Linda, CA35/26/2011Charlotte Colmar - Berkeley, CA55/24/2011richard hirsch - Denver, CO45/23/2011George Dulaney - Charlotte, NC34/23/201134/22/2011Aimee Smart - Washington, DC44/18/2011Imewine - Harrisburg, PA44/8/2011Very good wine. Needs to stay under $20 though.54/6/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Loved it. Very smooth. Fruity and sweet, but not overly so. Lots of good things going on here. Will definitely buy this one again.Andreas Wiersbitzky - Malvern, PA54/4/2011Sami Jack - Fountain Hills, AZ41/19/2011Wonderful complex taste
- Smooth & Supple
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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