Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alamos 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The Catena wines are a blend of single varietal lots from the Catena family’s vineyards. Each vineyard is divided into lots that are harvested separately, and specially prepared to be part of the final blend of each Catena wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Chardonnay. By blending components from different terroirs and altitudes, we aim to create the most balanced and expressive wine. Although we have found that most of the Catena wines are consumed shortly after release, we have been pleased to see that they age beautifully for ten to twenty years.

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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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Member Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alamos

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Snooth User: Cheap Wine Critic
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4.00 5
07/01/2011

Of the five or six ($10-20) Malbecs I have tasted thus far, the 2008 Catena is my favorite. This wine has a beet-red glow and a dark berry aroma with floral overtones. Gary Vaynerchuck of Wine Library TV described this wine as sweet, but I disagree. For me, this Malbec displays a strong presence of dark fruit, tobacco, and leather concentrated mostly in the back of the palate (with little, if any, of the mid-palate fructose flavor prominent in many Zinfandels). The flavor is smooth and mellow with a lingering finish of cracked pepper, tannins, and minerals that will leave you puckering pleasantly and craving the next sip.


Snooth User: bennettmsmith
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0.00 5
11/25/2012

Great value


Snooth User: Elizleo
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3.50 5
12/04/2010

Enjoying this with a hearty pot roast dinner. Begins with almost earthy sandalwood then some spicy sweet fruit.


Snooth User: jambro777
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4.00 5
05/20/2011

The '08 Catena is back on track. Lots of mocha, dark fruits especially blackberry and smooth through the finish. This is a great tasting wine with a price to match.


Snooth User: rponti54
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4.50 5
12/13/2011

This wine is thoroughly enjoyable. With a great blend of fruit and spice, it offers something for everyone, especially given its low price. Good with strongly flavored foods suck as Mexican, roast meets, and strong meaty Italian dishes.


Snooth User: mtriu
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4.00 5
01/01/2011

Very nice wine. Sweet fruit taste. Really enjoyable wine.


Snooth User: bensilver
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2.00 5
08/06/2011

very average and underwhelming. I would not recommend it.


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External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alamos

External Review
04/04/2011

The 2008 Catena Malbec shows a dark violet color with deep bluish-black tones. The nose offers ripe, concentrated dark fruit aromas with delicate floral notes and traces of mocha. The mouthfeel is rich and lush, with spices, tobacco and a touch of leather. The finish presents soft, supple tannins with bright, crisp acidity and a flinty minerality that gives the wine exceptional length.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

91 Points - Wine & SpiritsAromas of violets and juicy raspberries power past this wine’s lighter scents of black pepper and cassis. Completely filled by the rich, generous fruit flavors that promise


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
11/16/2010

91 Points - Wine & Spirits"Aromas of violets and juicy raspberries power past this wines lighter scents of black pepper and cassis. Completely filled by the rich, generous fruit flavors that promise a good life in bottle."90 Points - Wine Spectator"Rich and polished, boasting lots of pure cassis, blackberry and boysenberry fruit that courses along, carried by alluring spice, integrated toast and a nice, lingering anise note. Drink now through 2011."Winemaker's notes:The 2008 Catena Malbec shows a dark violet color with deep bluish-black tones. The nose offers ripe, concentrated dark fruit aromas with delicate floral notes and traces of vanilla and mocha. The mouthfeel is rich and lush, with spices, tobacco and a touch of leather. The finish presents soft, supple tannins with bright, crisp acidity and a flinty minerality that gives the wine exceptional length.


External Review
04/21/2010

Undurchdringliches Purpur. Malbec-typische Charakteristik mit einerseits viel schwarzer Beerenfrucht, Brombeeren und schwarzen Johannisbeeren, anderseits etwas Zedernholz und Lakritze. Tolle, gut gereifte Beerenfrucht im Gaumen, wiederum Brombeeren, unterstützt von einer leicht rauchigen Note und etwas schwarzem Pfeffer, elegante Tanninstruktur, tolle Aromadecke bis in den nachhaltigen Abgang.


External Review
02/01/2011

The 2008 Malbec (priced just over the limit to qualify for the Value report), dark ruby red in color, it delivers an alluring bouquet of Asian spices, incense, lavender, and black cherry. Smooth textured, spicy, and easy-to understand, this pleasure-... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Malbec wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2008 Bodegas Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 750ml


External Review
07/06/2010

Dunkles Rubinrot, intensiver Duft von Brombeeren, Zimt, Zedernholz und Gewürzen, saftige Fruchtdichte, feiner Holzeinsatz, konzentriert und elegant.


External Review
09/01/2010

Rich and polished, with alluring fig, mocha, boysenberry, ganache and sweet spice notes that glide along creamy tannins and through the long, velvety finish.


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The Catena wines are a blend of single varietal lots from the Catena family’s vineyards. Each vineyard is divided into lots that are harvested separately, and specially prepared to be part of the final blend of each Catena wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Chardonnay. By blending components from different terroirs and altitudes, we aim to create the most balanced and expressive wine. Although we have found that most of the Catena wines are consumed shortly after release, we have been pleased to see that they age beautifully for ten to twenty years.

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