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2004 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Alta Mendoza
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2008

($45; from a blend of Catena's top vineyards, planted at up to 4,700 feet above sea level) Good saturated medium ruby. Very ripe black fruit aromas joined by strong torrefaction notes of bitter chocolate, roast coffee, tar and licorice; plenty of evidence of expensive new oak here. Quite ripe and thick but with impressive delineation to the deep dark berry, leather and chocolate flavors. This actually comes across as less sweet than the regular '05 malbec bottling. A seriously structured malbec that finishes with substantial broad, dusty tannins. Give this one some time in bottle.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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awesome malbec
by lev96
really good stuff here. a little pricey for me, and it was almost worth it. if you have a large budget, definitely worth it.


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About Argentina

Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.

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The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina.
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