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08alamos Torrontes 9 1999

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The 1999 Nicolás Catena Zapata presents deep reddish color with marked tones of violet and purple. The aromatic structure offers intense cassis and black raspberry fruit meshed with notes of vanilla and spice. Powerful and full-bodied, this wine shows a remarkable elegance and harmony. The long, lingering finish is dominated by sweet, velvety tannins 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from the lime, clay soils of Lot 3 in the La Piramide Vineyard (planted in 1983). Even cooler March temperatures than 1997 during the day, with averages of 17.6º C, and very cold nights, with lows averaging 11.5º C, allowed for the development of complex aromatics, a rich middle palate and elegant, finely grained tannins. The Malbec fruit was sourced from the sandy soils of Lot 3 in the Adrianna Vineyard (planted in 1992). This unique high altitude microclimate at almost 5,000 feet elevation, had warmer than normal pre-harvest temperatures for April, with monthly averages at 18.4°C. The result was rich, fleshy Malbec fruit with a supple texture and velvety finish.

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Alamos:
Alamos is a state-of-the art winery located in Vista Flores, Mendoza, Argentina. Felipe Stahlschmidt is the chief winemaker. Grapes are grown in the high altitude slopes of Mendoza and hand-selected for quality, ensuring only the best grapes are used. They are then vinified using precise details which preserve their inherent flavors and aromas. All of this contributes to a high quality, valu... Read more
Alamos is a state-of-the art winery located in Vista Flores, Mendoza, Argentina. Felipe Stahlschmidt is the chief winemaker. Grapes are grown in the high altitude slopes of Mendoza and hand-selected for quality, ensuring only the best grapes are used. They are then vinified using precise details which preserve their inherent flavors and aromas. All of this contributes to a high quality, value-driven wine. Alamos produces Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Torrontes in young and reserva styles.  Read less
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The 1999 Nicolás Catena Zapata presents deep reddish color with marked tones of violet and purple. The aromatic structure offers intense cassis and black raspberry fruit meshed with notes of vanilla and spice. Powerful and full-bodied, this wine shows a remarkable elegance and harmony. The long, lingering finish is dominated by sweet, velvety tannins 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from the lime, clay soils of Lot 3 in the La Piramide Vineyard (planted in 1983). Even cooler March temperatures than 1997 during the day, with averages of 17.6º C, and very cold nights, with lows averaging 11.5º C, allowed for the development of complex aromatics, a rich middle palate and elegant, finely grained tannins. The Malbec fruit was sourced from the sandy soils of Lot 3 in the Adrianna Vineyard (planted in 1992). This unique high altitude microclimate at almost 5,000 feet elevation, had warmer than normal pre-harvest temperatures for April, with monthly averages at 18.4°C. The result was rich, fleshy Malbec fruit with a supple texture and velvety finish.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.77 grams per liter

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