Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alamos 2009
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.
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.
External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alamos
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.
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.
Dunkles Rubinrot, intensiver Duft von Brombeeren, Zimt, Zedernholz und Gewürzen, saftige Fruchtdichte, feiner Holzeinsatz, konzentriert und elegant.
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.
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
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.
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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.