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Date Printed: 7/4/2015
Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2008
Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2008
(search item no. 114690)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/4/2015: $105.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Decanter rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points

Winemaker's 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.

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About Catena:

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.