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2007 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Mendoza
4.26 average rating 19 ratingsrate it
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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2010

($22) Full ruby-red. Musky dark fruits, brown spices, tobacco and licorice on the nose, with a more exotic candied berry quality emerging with aeration. Smooth and subtly complex, with soil-driven flavors of dark raspberry, minerals, tobacco and smoky oak. Not as plush or creamy as the 2006 bottling but boasts excellent depth and balance-and a restrained sweetness. Finishes with a fine dusting of supple tannins and excellent length.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
91+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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always a pleaser
01/02/2010
by lev96
This is consistently one of the best valued malbecs available. This is the 3rd vintage I've tried and it may be the best. It orgasmically paired with the pork and chimichurri sauce we had for dinner. Very deserving of its Top 100 placement by Wine Spectator.
Very nice
06/19/2010
by DaveW1736
This is a very nice wine. Smooth finish and "medium" bodied. Deep plum colored and paired very well with a Ginger-Soy Grouper. Reasonably priced at $17, but certainly not a value wine.

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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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