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Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alamos 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Caro, from Catena and Rothschild, has a strong Argentine identity, heralded by Malbec, while obtaining further elegance and complexity through blending with Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination has made a rich and refined wine; a harmonious balance between the Argentine and Bordeaux styles.

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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

Member Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alamos

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,615
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 12/23/2012

Very nice malbec with balanced dark cherry, plum, some earthiness, mild tannins and a decent amount of acidity.


Snooth User: Bosread
82202315
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 05/26/2011

Lovely wine. Smooth, nice finish.


Snooth User: weinsabsi
6345303
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/10/2011

No surprisea, Solid Malbec, nice price/valie wine, not much complexity though.


Snooth User: absolutesquirrel
95610953
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 06/29/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,467
3.50 5
11/21/2010

Very good Malbec for the money by far. This vintage was excellent with a wonderful nose of plum, blackberry, and slight spice. Medium-bodied and bursting with rich, deep fruit flavors with hints of spice but very well balanced. Great finish that stays around a while. Considering buying this for a wedding rehersal dinner. Great for the money...


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
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2.00 5
08/13/2010

This entry level Malbec from Alamos is fairly priced, though to my taste it doesn't measure up in price/quality ratio to some of the excellent Alamos wines I've had in the past. Dark purple in color, it is still obviously youthful and therefore a little harsh, but there is a ripe-feeling and balanced texture. Perhaps the wine is closed at this point, but in the mouth the raspberry/blackberry fruit is barely detectable. The wine may come alive in time, but for now it's relatively uninteresting.


Snooth User: GeekyKhan
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4.00 5
01/25/2011

A very good wine for the price. Detect cherry and a hint of clove on the nose. Spice, chocolate and garlic (?) flavors. Medium body.


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External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alamos

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Vintage: 2010 01/10/2013

The 2011 Alamos Malbec, raised the same way as the Cabernet Sauvignon, has a simple bouquet of dark cherries, blueberry and crushed violet. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, fine tannins. There is a seductive sense of harmony here with a light but insistent grip and a minerally aftertaste. This Malbec is very well-crafted. Drink nowandndash;2017.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/27/2012

A deep, dark violet color, the wine has a concentrated nose of black stone fruits with a touch of toast from light oak aging. The palate is full with black raspberry and currant flavors mixed with notes of vanilla and coffee.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 12/07/2012

A racy, medium-bodied red, offering floral raspberry and crushed blackberry notes that give way to assertive tannins on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
11/22/2011

A rich red, with ripe layers of linzer torte, plum pudding and fig paste flavors backed by layers of mesquite, olive paste and grilled herbs. Grippy tannins add weight to the long, vibrant finish. Drink now through 2013. 75,000 cases imported. -JM - Top 100, 2011


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
10/18/2011

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


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
05/05/2010

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.


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Vintage: 2008 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


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Tasting Notes:

Intense, deep red color with fine hints of crimson. The nose offers pleasant aromas of red and dark fruit, with red currants, also some mint and cedar. The bouquet fills out with notes of vanilla, spices and mocha, characteristic of French oak.This is a dense, complex wine, with good tannic structure. The lingering finesse of the tannins gives the wine good length and a pleasant, soft mouthfeel. Deep, aromatic and complex with very appealing intense fruit. Has yet to reach its peak.

Caro, from Catena and Rothschild, has a strong Argentine identity, heralded by Malbec, while obtaining further elegance and complexity through blending with Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination has made a rich and refined wine; a harmonious balance between the Argentine and Bordeaux styles.

5000 cases produced.


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