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Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Agrelo 2006

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Tasting Notes :The Catena family has conducted extensive research into the soils and microclimates of Mendoza's high altitude wine country in the foothills of the Andes mountains. At different altitudes, the family's Malbec vineyards express a unique profile of aromas and flavors: the ripe plum fruit flavors and silky texture of the Angelica vineyard (2,850' elevation); the dark fruit character and pepper notes of the La Piramide vineyard (3,100' elevation); the black cherry aromas and excellent structure of the Altamira vineyard (3,870' elevation); the explosive floral aromatics full, concentrated mouthfeel of the Adrianna vineyard (5,000'). The blend of these components creates a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.

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Bodega Catena Zapata:
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

Member Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Agrelo

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Snooth User: zufrieden
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3.50 5
01/09/2010

Typical of some mid-rank Argentine wines of this ilk, I find the robe very dark and inviting. The nose, however, is a bit muted for a 4 year old Cabernet of fairly exalted provenance from the Antipodes. Mostly closed with blackberry confit. Somewhat Médoc-like on entry, though without any youthful asperity - mostly bramble-berry and slightly cooked black fruit. Still, the balance is good and the smooth texture is a big plus. More old-world than new but well made and recommended. The Malbec counterpart to this wine is perhaps more interesting if more rustic...


Snooth User: KentuckyHillbilly
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3.00 5
02/18/2010

Blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry on the nose, this full bodied, black cherry driven offering slides across the palate with balance and depth before lingering earth notes resolve into a long smooth finish. Despite its many favorable attributes this offering is a bit too straight forward for my taste and lacks the nuance of the exceptional. Straight forward wine appropriate with meat dishes, pizza and strong cheeses. 90.


Snooth User: JamesR
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3.50 5
09/14/2009

Lots of fruit. Maybe plum, cassis and cherry. But nothing seems to dominate. It's just a good blend of flavors. Goes well with grilled meat. The color is a dark purple that looked more like a Syrah than a Cab.


Snooth User: furansesuku
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3.50 5
08/20/2009

Opaque purple color, with a sharp tone black / purple. Intense aroma of ripe black fruit with a touch of floral violets and lavender and subtle vanilla and spice leave. Voluptuous, with an initial attack of sweet black fruits, followed by an intense minerality and complex notes of chocolate and black pepper. End sweet and soft, ripe tannins and a refreshing acidity.


Snooth User: lfllmg
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4.00 5
04/16/2010

Nice and complex with a smooth finish. A typical South American jewel


Snooth User: Pesgatojoe
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4.00 5
07/31/2009

Excellent example of an Argentinian Red! Big flavor but not heavy!


Snooth User: gntop1
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4.00 5
07/29/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Agrelo

External Review
04/28/2010

91 Points - The Wine Advocate"The aromatic array displays toasty black cherry, black raspberry and violet notes leading to a smooth-textured, layered, rich wine bordering on opulence. It manages to achieve this retaining an elegant, light-on-its-feet personality. On the palate, spice notes and a hint of chocolate emerge."91 Points - Wine Spectator "Enticing, with lots of mocha, fruitcake, raspberry and boysenberry flavors stretched over a lengthy, fleshy finish. A delicious, fruit-driven version. Drink now through 2010."


External Review
02/24/2010

Bodegas Catena Zapata Malbec 2006: empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (12 Monate), lagerfähig 7 - 10 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2006Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: MendozaWeingut: Bodegas CatenaRebsorte: 100% Malbec Restzucker: trockenRestsäure: 5,5 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 13,75 % Rotwein


External Review
04/21/2010

Purpurrot, fast schwarz. Viel Brombeerfrucht und Baumnuss in der komplexen, gut entwickelten Nase, Schokoladentarte und Nuancen von Leder. Elegante und äusserst facettenreiche Gaumenaromatik mit viel schwarzer Beerenfrucht, Heidelbeeren und schwarze Johannisbeeren, konzentriert mit subtilen Holznoten, Vanille und gut gebackenes Brot, ausgewogen und charakterstark bis ins lange Finale.


External Review
04/12/2011

91 Points - The Wine AdvocateThe aromatic array displays toasty black cherry, black raspberry and violet notes leading to a smooth-textured, layered, rich wine bordering on opulence. It manages to a


External Review
04/16/2009

Am Gaum begeistert der Auftakt mit einer guten Fruchtfülle. Enorm Aromatisch mit gut eingebundenen kräftigen Tanninen, die besonders im Finale zu finden sind. Dezente Holznote untermalen die Fruchtigkeit des Weins, der Abgang ist sehr nachhaltig.


External Review
10/06/2009

91WS,91RP,90WE, see above next screen for discounted case price


External Review
10/06/2009

Enticing with lots of mocha fruitcake raspberry and boysenberry flavors stretched over a lengthy fleshy finish. A delicious fruit-driven version. Drink now through 2010. 57000 cases imported. WS.



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Tasting Notes :The Catena family has conducted extensive research into the soils and microclimates of Mendoza's high altitude wine country in the foothills of the Andes mountains. At different altitudes, the family's Malbec vineyards express a unique profile of aromas and flavors: the ripe plum fruit flavors and silky texture of the Angelica vineyard (2,850' elevation); the dark fruit character and pepper notes of the La Piramide vineyard (3,100' elevation); the black cherry aromas and excellent structure of the Altamira vineyard (3,870' elevation); the explosive floral aromatics full, concentrated mouthfeel of the Adrianna vineyard (5,000'). The blend of these components creates a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.

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