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Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Agrelo 2010

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The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2008 shows a saturated dark violet color; the nose offers cassis, mocha and clove, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of tobacco, dark berries, spices and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.

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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: Argovino
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4.00 5
04/29/2013

What a bouquet! It’s beguiling, with endless wafts of cut flowers and ripe red fruit. The rest of the experience is not quite at the same level – an unctuous note of black cherry, but not enough depth to sustain it. Still a worthy malbec, but not up to the standard of the 2009 edition. (AV 87, http://argovino.com/?p=718)


Snooth User: BRUNOHOEPERS
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0.00 5
07/16/2013

The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2008 shows a saturated dark violet color; the nose offers cassis, mocha and clove, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of tobacco, dark berries, spices and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.


Snooth User: Diego Andrés Díaz
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4.00 5
04/17/2014

Deep Rubby color with some terracota tints in the rim. Thick body and smooth tannins.


Snooth User: nishavp
11174116
4.00 5
07/04/2012

Great full bodied wine. Smooth, a hint of fruitiness, and pairs well with Italian food.


Snooth User: donzeno23
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3.50 5
06/16/2012

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: zufrieden
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 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
Vintage: 2006 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.


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External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Agrelo

External Review
07/18/2013

Express a unique profile of aromas and flavors: the ripe plum fruit flavors and silky texture of the Angelica vineyard; the dark fruit character and pepper notes of the La Pir mide vineyard. The blend of these components creates a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/23/2013

A dark, spicy red, featuring cassis and creamy plum pudding notes woven with fine tannins, spice, licorice and smoke hints that stretch out on the jammy finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
10/23/2013

The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino shows a saturated dark violet color; the nose offers cassis, mocha and clove, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of tobacco, dark berries, spices and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/15/2013

Catena is one of the pioneers of the modern Argentine wine industry, and to this day, continues to produce some of the finest examples of their signature red, Malbec, that we see. Deep garnet color, heavy spice on the nose and bold, smooth black fruit on the palate. Always a terrific buy.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/26/2013

Catena is one of the pioneers of the modern Argentine wine industry, and to this day, continues to produce some of the finest examples of their signature red, Malbec, that we see. Deep garnet color, heavy spice on the nose and bold, smooth black fruit on the palate. Always a terrific buy. Food pairing: red meats Flavor type: fruit-forward Body type: full Finish: rich


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This wine bears a strikingly close resemblance to its higher priced cousin, Catena Malbec. It boasts a decadent nose of ripe blackberry and blueberry while subtle hints of herb and spice complete the lush, long finish. This winersquo;s a meal in itself, but it will also mate nicely with broiled or grilled meats.


External Review
11/14/2013

Very deep purplish crimson. Lovely texture and then freshness. This is real sophisticated wine. Can people not see the difference between this and a souped-up blend? Lovely fluidity and refreshment but no meanness. Fruit is fully ripe SO good! 17/20 Jancis Robinson.


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The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2008 shows a saturated dark violet color; the nose offers cassis, mocha and clove, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of tobacco, dark berries, spices and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.

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