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2008 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard La Consulta Mendoza
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2012

(aged in all-new French barriques; includes 6% cabernet franc and 2% each pinot noir and viognier):  Bright ruby-red.  Pungent, high-pitched blackberry, black cherry and mineral aromas complicated by notes of peach, citrus peel and flowers.  Penetrating and sweet, with compelling inner-mouth aromatic character and lively harmonious acidity.  For all its richness, this malbec is remarkably light on its feet, thanks to the strong calcaire influence.  Finishes with noble, tooth-dusting tannins and outstanding lingering perfume.  Alejandro Vigil, who took over as chief winemaker at Catena in 2007, has been adding small percentages of other varieties to the Adrianna and Nicasia Vineyard malbec bottlings in search of greater complexity and individuality.

95 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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