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2005 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard La Consulta Mendoza
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2009

($123) Saturated ruby. Aromas of black- and redcurrant, licorice, graphite and sexy oak. Enters the mouth like liquid velvet, then creamy and seamless in the mid-palate, with lovely violet lift to the flavors of dark berries, licorice, bitter chocolate and spicecake. Wonderfully suave wine with lovely lift and energy. The wonderfully long, subtle aftertaste offers a whiplash of flavor.

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

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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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