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2009 Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2012

Dark bright red.  Plum, currant, tobacco and cola on the ripe, varietally expressive nose.  A lush, sweet, fine-grained midweight with good freshness to its raspberry, plum and spice flavors.  Finishes with good ripe tannins and some edgy acidity that calls for a year of patience.  Excellent value.

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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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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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