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2008 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Zapata Argentino Mendoza
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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2012

(more or less 100% malbec, according to winemaker Alejandro Vigil):  Bright ruby-red.  Aromas of cassis, espresso, stone and bitter chocolate, with a violet topnote emerging with air.  Wonderfully sweet and silky but also quite penetrating, with a remarkably urgent quality to the crushed berry flavor.  Superb minerality and a whiff of fresh herbs contribute to this wine's bracing character.  Extremely fine-grained from start to long, vibrant finish.

97 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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