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2008 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata Mendoza
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2012

(60% cabernet sauvignon, 20% malbec and 2% cabernet franc):  Bright full ruby-red.  Black fruits, violet, minerals and exotic oak on the nose.  Painfully clenched and imploded today, with precise black fruit and violet flavors complicated by saline, mineral and oak notes.  Dominated by its serious tannic structure.  Finishes with a coconutty oak character.  With several top vineyards, dates of harvest and different varieties vinified separately, winemaker Vigil estimates that this blend was made from 500 lots of wine!  Should make a great bottle but I wouldn't go near this for at least five more years.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
98 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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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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