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2009 Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Catena Alta Mendoza
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2012

(aged entirely in French oak, 80% new):  Full deep red-ruby. Superripe aromas of blackberry and bitter chocolate, complicated by hints of wild herbs, game and mint.  Sweet, pliant and suave, but with integrated acidity giving focus to the middle palate.  Winemaker Alejandro Vigil added 10% cabernet franc to the blend to add floral lift.  Finishes broad and fine-grained, with sweet tannins and excellent grip and length.

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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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