Catena Alta Malbec 2007
Malbec from Argentina, South America
The 2007 Catena Alta Malbec is a dark, opaque violet color and presents ripe berry fruit and wild flower aromas on the nose as well as cinnamon spice and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and rich offering a coating sensation, with exceptional weight and concentration but with a soft, supple texture. Mid-palate flavors of cassis and black currant along with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper dance nicely into the lingering finish full of finely grained tannins, minerality and lively acidity.
Wine Spectator - "Ripe and concentrated, boasting vibrant aromas and flavors of crushed blackberry, raspberry and cassis, which unfold to reveal layers of spice, licorice and sweet oak as hints of graphite fill the long, juicy finish. This has power, but is well-balanced. Drink now through 2012. "
Wine Enthusiast - "One sniff tells you plenty; there's attractive spice, coffee and leather to go with rich molasses and broad black-fruit aromas. The palate maintains balance due to fine, fresh acidity, and the flavor profile brings mocha, coffee, berry, plum and toast. Delicious, deep layered and refined. Will age for at least 5-6 years, but best from 2012-14."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Alta Malbec is a glass-coating opaque purple color with an inviting perfume of balsam wood, clove, cinnamon, lavender, black cherry and black raspberry. More structured and with greater density and aging potential than the "regular" bottling, it can be cellared for 5-7 years and will provide a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2022"
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated medium bright ruby. Blackberry, licorice, minerals, mocha and bitter chocolate on the vibrant nose. Thick but lively on entry, then densely packed and supple in the middle palate. A creamy-sweet fruit bomb with terrific breadth and length. The tannins are suave and sweet."
Wine & Spirits - "This is an imposing malbec, full of black fruit aromas and flavors riding over an immense structure. The ambitious scale of the wine is matched by wild tannins that need time in bottle to integrate with the fruit. Tame this beast with a rib eye."
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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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12 ratings, 4 with reviewsRenato Tomei - Edgewater, NJ410/23/2013Steven H Schwartz - Santa Monica, CA42/25/201155/25/2011
Very nice wine with beef tenderloin. Spicy pepper flavors with fruit aromas. Would buy this wine again and again.412/14/2011
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very happy with this one!!48/18/2011Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL37/1/2011Rose614 - New Haven, CT46/12/2011david mena - Saint Joseph, MO46/7/2011rich, spicy, complex...best of the malbecs55/20/2011SheldonCal - Chicago, IL25/1/2011Tania Bossi - New Port Richey, FL53/26/2011512/28/2010Excellent wine...guests raved about its robust flavor, and smoothness.
- Earthy & Spicy
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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