Catena Malbec 2005

Malbec from Argentina, South America

$20.00 $16.79
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Item No. 89964
  • red wine
  • RP91
  • WS90
  • ST90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • WE93
  • ST88
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2005 Catena Malbec has a deep, dark violet color, with pronounced blackish-purple tones. The aromatic structure is full of ripe dark fruits, floral notes of violets and lavender, and touches of vanilla and spice. The palate begins with sweet black cherry fruits and has a generous texture. There are marked mineral notes as well as layers of chocolate and spicy black pepper. The finish is soft and sweet with ripe tannins and vibrant acidity.

"Catena's 2005 Malbec was sourced from four vineyards, was aged for 12 months in 70% French oak, 20% new, and 30% new American oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deep crimson-colored, it has an attractive perfume of cedar, pencil lead, mineral, and black cherry. Medium-bodied, it has a silky texture, serious depth and length for a wine of this price, well-concealed tannin, and a pure finish. Although it can be enjoyed now, this stylish Malbec will continue to improve with several more years in the bottle. It is a great value. When all is said and done, Catena Zapata is the Argentina winery of reference – the standard of excellence for comparing all others. The brilliant, forward-thinking Nicolas Catena remains in charge, with his daughter, Laura, playing an increasingly large role. The Catena Zapata winery is an essential destination for fans of both architecture and wine in Mendoza. It is hard to believe, given the surge in popularity of Malbec in recent years, that Catena Zapata only began exporting Malbec to the United States in 1994."
-Wine Advocate

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Rating:
(9/12/2010)
I found this Malbec to be somewhat disappointing. I enjoy my Argentinian wines, but somehow this one didn't really strike a chord with me.
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vin rouge - Seattle, WA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/15/2010)
Medium bodied, well-balanced, not too dry, not too sweet, lovely color. Overall, well constructed, but lacking the fruity taste and aroma I expect from a Malbec.
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Amused1 - Chicago, IL (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/9/2010)
My second Malbec. I don't think Malbec is for me. This was much better than the other Malbec I tried. I will say after it was exposed to the air for awhile it got better - more complex and a wider range of flavors.
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K.Sullivan - Missouri City, TX (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/23/2010)
Great choice, full body, deep rich flavor. At $20, I expected the wine would need to be decanted, but it was exceptional right out of the bottle. I was so surprised I asked my wife to taste -- she has better nose / taste than I -- and she agreed. Very good bottle, and incredible value for the money.
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Marcelo - Washington, DC (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/17/2010)
I had this wine many times. It was the first Malbec that I really enjoyed.
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elf - San Mateo, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/28/2010)
Unfortunately, this isn't my cup of tea. It's a bit too tanniny for me.
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Rating:
(9/27/2010)
This was a decent malbec, but not quite the level of other Argentinean wines I've had. I'm a fan of malbecs, and this was passable. Good, not great.
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Rating:
(9/15/2010)
I am a malbec fan. I was super excited to try this one. I found it to be very sharp and young tasting. I had a bottle of Ben Marco 2005 Malbec the night before that was around the same $ and far superior!
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Learn About Catena Map ItMap It

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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Learn About Argentina

(ahr-jen-TEE-nah) Now fifth in the world for wine production, Argentina is catching up in the quality wine sector. A long time wine producer, Argentina used to make wine in order to drink it, not export it. And so the wines produced were quaffable and rustic and made for the local's everyday dinner. Yet it's hard not to get caught up in the wine market of the world and some...

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Learn About Malbec

Malbec(MAHL-beck) Angel of Argentina Originally a common grape in Bordeaux, Malbec adds only a small percentage to the blends there. It has, however, found another region in which to flourish -the bourgeoning wine region of Argentina. In fact, Argentinians have adopted Malbec as their national grape! Notable Facts Malbec is used in small amounts in...

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