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2008 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Gualtallary Mendoza
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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2012

(includes 6% viognier and 2% cabernet franc; the crop level here was well under a ton of fruit per acre):  Bright medium ruby.  Fascinating nose melds crushed blackberry, violet, flinty minerality and a whiff of game; a bit like Hermitage!  Utterly silky in the mouth, but with crisp, harmonious acidity giving cut and lift to the cassis and green fig flavors.  Finishes with smooth, substantial, building tannins and a palate-staining kirsch flavor.  Winemaker Alejandro Vigil adds back 20% to 30% of the stems to his top bottlings.  From a cool vineyard at 4,725 feet where afternoon temperatures rarely exceed 86 degrees, according to Vigil.

97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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