Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina, South America
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Ripe dark fruit on the nose is accompanied by hints of cedar wood and tobacco and then followed on the palate by full flavors of black currant, black cherry and spice. It all comes together on the elegant finish with hints of espresso and clove.
"Purple-colored, it has an alluring nose of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, black currant and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, intense wine with superb depth of flavor, excellent concentration and a firm finish."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby. Complex, musky, perfumed aromas of dark raspberry, licorice, spices, bonfire, violet and lavender. Suave, lush and light on its feet, with lovely lift to its red fruit, floral and spice flavors. Finishes utterly seamless, with sweet tannins and excellent persistence. A terrific cabernet."
International Wine Cellar
"An elevated, classy wine with earth, tobacco, leather and currant aromas. It’s a little saucy and saturated, but with air it unveils layering and flavors of coconut (oak-based), leather, cassis and plum. Rich on the finish, with chocolate and rubber notes. Drink now or hold through 2011."
Very luscious, silky smooth, very integrated and complex. Loved this wine and will buy more!
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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...
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