Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina, South America
Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon presents a dark, opaque violet color with blackish tones. It is a very intense and concentrated wine with ripe black fruit flavors, hints of fresh herbs and sweet spice and layers of leather and cigar box from the French oak barrels. Finely integrated tannins give the wine structure and bright, lively acidity.
Pair with steak, Slow-cooked beef, and pasta with meat sauce.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis and blackberry lifted by violet and spices. Lush and dense on the palate, but with harmonious acidity giving shape and definition to the graceful dark fruit and floral flavors. This stands above most Argentine cabernets owing to its combination of richness and finesse. Finishes serious and long, with excellent tannic grip. Winemaker Alejandro Vigil told me that this rather large bottling (around 8,000 cases) is made up of 350 different lots.
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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