Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Agrelo 2005

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A blend of the stunning Nicasia and Adriana vineyards. Enough said!

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Blending different varietals, different lots and even different vintages is an art as old as winemaking itself. In Bordeaux, the blending of the famous five - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec - is a centuries old art. Each component is thought to add a level of complexity to the wine. Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyar... Read more
Blending different varietals, different lots and even different vintages is an art as old as winemaking itself. In Bordeaux, the blending of the famous five - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec - is a centuries old art. Each component is thought to add a level of complexity to the wine. Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyard management team have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza, Argentina. Nicolás Catena has planted an almost countless number of varietals and clones throughout his mountain vineyard sites. This quest for quality lead Nicolás and Laura Catena to a crucial discovery regarding the influence of altitude on grape cultivation in Mendoza. Observing the important differences in soil types, average temperatures and thermal amplitudes that exist at varying altitudes, he found that vineyard sites which are just a few kilometers apart can have vast differences in altitude and possess remarkably different microclimates. Over the years, the in depth study of these different microclimates led Nicolás to determine that the same varietal, and even the same clone, presented distinct aromatic and flavor profiles when cultivated in each of these unique microclimates. Implementing the age old art of assemblage, he found that by blending these different lots of the same varietal, he could achieve a more complex wine. As great artists tap their creative spirit to mix and match colors in the production of magnificent works of art, this wide array of distinct lot selections allows the winemaking team at Bodega Catena Zapata to engage in a creative, intricate process of blending in order to craft the final wine. Starting with the 2001 vintage, our Catena and Catena Alta wines will reflect this new winemaking philosophy. They will be a blend of different microclimates and will carry the Mendoza appellation instead of a specific vineyard designation. The only exception will be the Catena Alta Chardonnay. We believe that at 4,830 feet, the Adrianna Vineyard is today the best site for growing Chardonnay in Mendoza. To some, this change may sound counter-intuitive. Vineyard designated wines are often thought of as being of a higher rank. But in Mendoza, as in Bordeaux, we are convinced that this art of assemblage will bring you a much more delicious wine. In order to further highlight this revolutionary concept of single varietal, microclimate blending, beginning with the 2002 vintage we will bottle 5 different single vineyard Malbecs. These bottlings will highlight the differences between the various microclimates and terroirs of Mendoza's high altitude wine country. Read less
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Snooth User: Jim and Rene
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4.50 5
04/24/2008

Fantastic for enjoying with a sunset and friends or with a thick steak.


Snooth User: trrenaud
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4.00 5
08/24/2009

I didn't realize how much I liked this particular Malbec until I tried the '06 vintage . . . decidedly inferior; this full-bodied, almost Zin-like wine complements any manner of red meat, especially a good cut of steak done rare (and the Argentines certainly know what they're doing in that department); this is a popular label, too, so you'll find it on a lot of restaurant lists . . . just be sure it's the '05 vintage


Snooth User: Fuzzrules
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5.00 5
04/16/2011

Very full wine, which is not over powering. Cherry, dark chocolate, tiny hint of nutmeg, very very nice finish. Goes well with meats and tomato pastas. I love this wine, it is my favorite Malbec, and many top critics have given it over 90 points from years beginning 1997. A great wine!


Snooth User: NickDude5
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3.50 5
02/20/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Agrelo

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Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

A blend of the stunning Nicasia and Adriana vineyards. Enough said!


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Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

97RP 94ST no further case discount (6-pk)


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/28/2010

The 2005 Malbec Argentino is a blend of the Nicasia and Adrianna Vineyards. As is often the case, the blend is better (although not by much) than either of the individual components. It offers greater complexity both aromatically and on the palate, o... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Malbec wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2005 Catena Zapata, Bodegas Malbec Argentino 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/06/2009

Bright medium ruby. Varietally expressive aromas of blackberry, black cherry, licorice, dark chocolate, game, leather and fresh blood. Densely packed, suave and dry, with a creaminess to the flavors of black raspberry, leather and licorice. Quite sua... Stephen Tanzer. A Malbec wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2005 Bodegas Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/02/2009

Solid, with raspberry and red plum fruit layered with hints of spice and mineral. Nice bright finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 50,000 cases made. -JM Wine Spectator. A Malbec wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2005 Bodegas Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 750ml



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