Catena Zapata Argentino Malbec 2008

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The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2008 shows a saturated dark violet color; the nose offers cassis, mocha and clove,...

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Very pure for the vintage, offering a core of racy blackberry, raspberry ganache and spicy fig paste notes that are woven with nuances of Asian spi... Read more

Soft and subtle aromas of figs and violets meld in this sweet malbec, its texture as creamy as ga-nache. It opens in the glass to reveal a cooler t... Read more

A sniff is rewarded with sandalwood, dry spice and thick, jammy berry aromas. It's concentrated and well integrated on the palate, with ultraripe a... Read more

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External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

Very pure for the vintage, offering a core of racy blackberry, raspberry ganache and spicy fig paste notes that are woven with nuances of Asian spice, mesquite and grilled herb that linger on the long, fruit-filled finish. Drink now through 2015. -JM Wine Spectator. A Malbec wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2008 Catena Zapata, Bodegas Malbec Argentino 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Soft and subtle aromas of figs and violets meld in this sweet malbec, its texture as creamy as ga-nache. It opens in the glass to reveal a cooler tone of cherries, refreshing the palate. Roast duck will highlight the voluptuous texture. Wine & Spirits. A Malbec wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2008 Catena Zapata, Bodegas Malbec Argentino 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/27/2013

A sniff is rewarded with sandalwood, dry spice and thick, jammy berry aromas. It's concentrated and well integrated on the palate, with ultraripe and sweet flavors of coconut, vanilla cream and berry fruit. Seems a touch flat and candied on the finis... Wine Enthusiast. A Malbec wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2008 Catena Zapata, Bodegas Malbec Argentino 750ml


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Very pure for the vintage, offering a core of racy blackberry, raspberry ganache and spicy fig paste notes that are woven with nuances of Asian spice, mesquite and grilled herb that linger on the long, fruit-filled finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, espresso, stone and bitter chocolate, with a violet topnote emerging with air. Wonderfully sweet and silky but also quite penetrating, with a remarkably urgent quality to the crushed berry flavor. Superb minerality and a whiff of fresh herbs contribute to this wine's bracing character. Extremely fine-grained from start to long, vibrant finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/06/2014

Soft and subtle aromas of figs and violets meld in this sweet malbec, its texture as creamy as ga­nache. It opens in the glass to reveal a cooler tone of cherries, refreshing the palate. Roast duck will highlight the voluptuous texture.


Winemaker's Notes:

97 points Jay Miller (Wine Advocate): The 2008 Argentino Malbec is a blend of 65% Adrianna and 35% Nicasia fruit. It, too, spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. The Argentino offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile but with just a bit of extra nuance, presumably because of the blending. Dense, rich, and voluptuous, this lengthy effort should easily achieve its 20th birthday in peak form. It will be most enjoyable to taste these three wines side-by-side in another 10-15 years. (Dec 2011)

Tasting Notes:

The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2008 shows a saturated dark violet color; the nose offers cassis, mocha and clove, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of tobacco, dark berries, spices and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.

97 points Jay Miller (Wine Advocate): The 2008 Argentino Malbec is a blend of 65% Adrianna and 35% Nicasia fruit. It, too, spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. The Argentino offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile but with just a bit of extra nuance, presumably because of the blending. Dense, rich, and voluptuous, this lengthy effort should easily achieve its 20th birthday in peak form. It will be most enjoyable to taste these three wines side-by-side in another 10-15 years. (Dec 2011)

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Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.6
Sugar: 2 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.2 grams per liter

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