Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard 2005

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Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from Lot 18 of the Angélica vineyard, located in Lunlunta (2,850’ elevation), Lot 4 fro...

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Had this wine with some tapas and it was amazing. Mouth coating smokiness with a lingering finish and great tannins. One of the best malbecs I've... Read more

Best Malbec I've ever tasted, perhaps one of my top 10 wines ever. Rich full flavor, complex, multiple layers of fruit, chocolate, leather, pepper ... Read more

Unfortunately the wine does not live up to name, design and price (usd40) this still needs several years to smoothen out tannins a little and a lac... Read more

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Snooth User: rachel27
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4.50 5
09/18/2008

Had this wine with some tapas and it was amazing. Mouth coating smokiness with a lingering finish and great tannins. One of the best malbecs I've tried.


Snooth User: marendt428
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4.50 5
01/17/2010

Best Malbec I've ever tasted, perhaps one of my top 10 wines ever. Rich full flavor, complex, multiple layers of fruit, chocolate, leather, pepper and spice. Something to be enjoyed for a celebration. Drinks like its twice the price.


Snooth User: Alexblue
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3.00 5
11/27/2009

Unfortunately the wine does not live up to name, design and price (usd40) this still needs several years to smoothen out tannins a little and a lacking the fruity taste.


Snooth User: kbstuhr
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5.00 5
04/21/2009

Can't wait to try this. Sitting on our TOP SHELF.


Snooth User: dmoney
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5.00 5
10/08/2009

This is an amazing wine - wonderful mouth and lovely soft tannins...my favourite malbec from mendoza


External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard

External Review
02/01/2009

The 2005 Alta Malbec was aged for 18 months in 70% new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. The nicely perfumed bouquet reveals wood smoke, cedar, leather, black cherry, and black raspberry. On the palate it is suave, layered, and... Robert Parker. A Malbec wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2005 Catena Zapata, Bodegas Catena Alta Malbec 750ml


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01/18/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewRated 93 HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDVery concentrated, with dark fig and currant paste notes, but it's also pure and driven, with intense mocha, bittersweet cocoa and melted licorice notes that stretch out the long, polished finish. Really gorgeous for its density and mouthfeel. Drink now through 2013.Wine Tasting NotesThe Catena Alta Malbec presents a dark, opaque violet color, almost blackish in hue. The nose offers freshly ground, ripe berry fruits with layers of wild flowers, cinnamon spice and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and coating, with exceptional weight and concentration but with a soft, supple texture. The mid palate offers rich cassis and black currant fruit flavors interwoven with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. The legthy finish shows wonderful minerality, with finely grained tannins and lively acid.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from Lot 18 of the Angélica vineyard, located in Lunlunta (2,850’ elevation), Lot 4 from the La Pirámide vineyard, located in Agrelo (3,100’ elevation), Lot 2 from the La Consulta vineyard, located in La Consulta (3,000’ elevation), and Lots 3 & 9 from the Adrianna vineyard, located in Gualtallary (4,725’ & 4,600’ elevations). This wine undergoes a demanding selection process in both the vineyard and the winery. The 2005 Catena Alta Malbec presents a dark, opaque violet color, almost blackish in hue. The nose offers freshly ground, ripe berry fruits with layers of wild flowers, cinnamon spice, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and coating, with exceptional weight and concentration but with a soft, supple texture. The mid palate offers rich cassis and black currant fruit flavors interwoven with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. The lengthy finish shows wonderful minerality, with finely grained tannins and lively acidity.

Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from Lot 18 of the Angélica vineyard, located in Lunlunta (2,850’ elevation), Lot 4 from the La Pirámide vineyard, located in Agrelo (3,100’ elevation), Lot 2 from the La Consulta vineyard, located in La Consulta (3,000’ elevation), and Lots 3 & 9 from the Adrianna vineyard, located in Gualtallary (4,725’ & 4,600’ elevations). This wine undergoes a demanding selection process in both the vineyard and the winery. The 2005 Catena Alta Malbec presents a dark, opaque violet color, almost blackish in hue. The nose offers freshly ground, ripe berry fruits with layers of wild flowers, cinnamon spice, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and coating, with exceptional weight and concentration but with a soft, supple texture. The mid palate offers rich cassis and black currant fruit flavors interwoven with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. The lengthy finish shows wonderful minerality, with finely grained tannins and lively acidity.

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Total Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter

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