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2009 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Alta Mendoza
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2012

(from four different vineyards, each picked at four different times):  Good ruby-red.  Laid-back aromas of blackberry, musky coffee and licorice, with a violet note emerging with air.  Superconcentrated and sweet, but with firm balancing acidity and a mineral pungency giving the wine excellent thrust.  Very deep malbec with broad, smooth tannins and serious length.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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Malbec

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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