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2009 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Gualtallary Mendoza
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95(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

(40% whole clusters; includes a bit of cabernet franc):  Bright medium ruby.  Tighter on the nose than the Nicasia bottling, hinting at black fruits and flowers.  Then surprisingly smooth and suave in the mouth, with great class to the dark berry, game and bitter chocolate flavors.  Penetrating minerality contributes to the impression of precision and verve.  Finishes smooth and classically dry, with noble, mouthcoating tannins and superb persistence.  I applaud winemaker Alejandro Vigil's use of cabernet franc to contribute perfume to these immensely rich malbec bottlings and wonder why more estates don't do this.

94 Points | Wine Spectator
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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