Intense, deep red color with fine hints of crimson. The nose offers pleasant aromas of red and dark fruit, with red c...Read more...
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Very nice malbec with balanced dark cherry, plum, some earthiness, mild tannins and a decent amount of acidity. Read more
Lovely wine. Smooth, nice finish. Read more
No surprisea, Solid Malbec, nice price/valie wine, not much complexity though. Read more
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Very nice malbec with balanced dark cherry, plum, some earthiness, mild tannins and a decent amount of acidity.
Lovely wine. Smooth, nice finish.
No surprisea, Solid Malbec, nice price/valie wine, not much complexity though.
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...
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.
A very good wine for the price. Detect cherry and a hint of clove on the nose. Spice, chocolate and garlic (?) flavors. Medium body.
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.
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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.
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.
A racy, medium-bodied red, offering floral raspberry and crushed blackberry notes that give way to assertive tannins on the finish. Drink now.
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
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.
Dunkles Rubinrot, intensiver Duft von Brombeeren, Zimt, Zedernholz und Gewürzen, saftige Fruchtdichte, feiner Holzeinsatz, konzentriert und elegant.
Mendoza, ArgentinaCatena Malbec is an Argentine red showing off the beauty and complexity of the Malbec grape. In the words of Jay Miller of Wine Advocate, "Catena Zapata is the Argentina winery of reference the standard of excellence for comparing all others." Both Wine Advocate and Wine & Spirits rated this wine 91 points. Stephen Tanzer and Wine Spectator gave it 90 points. Sounds like a sure wine gem!The highly acclaimed Catena Zapata winery is still led by the brilliant Nicolas Catena, with his daughter Laura taking on an expanding role. Nicola Catena founded the family winery after sailing from Italy to Argentina in 1898 and planting his first Malbec grapes in 1902. While Malbec was a mere blending grape in Bordeaux, Nicola always believed Malbec could flourish in the Andes and would one day come to rival any first-growth Bordeaux. His son Domingo carried on this dream and ultimately Domingo's son Nicolas fulfilled their quest by producing some of the world's top-rated red wines. One crowning victory came in 2000, when the 1997 Nicols Catena Zapata, a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec, was compared blind to Chteau Latour, Haut Brion, Solaia, Caymus and Opus One in a series of tastings across Europe and the US. The Nicols Catena Zapata 1997 came in either first or second in every tasting!Catena Malbec is deep crimson in color with an alluring nose and rich flavors of black cherry, fig, mocha, boysenberry, cedar, lavender, vanilla and sweet spice notes. Medium-full in body, it has a silky texture with creamy tannins and a long, velvety finish. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the Altamira, La Pirmide, Adrianna and Angelica vineyards. The wine was aged for 12 months in 70% French oak, 20% new, and 30% new American oak. It can be enjoyed now but will continue to improve with age for another 4-6 years.Enjoy Catena Malbec with grilled steak, roast beef, BBQ ribs, rich vegetable dishes and sharp cheeses.
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.
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.
5000 cases produced.
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