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2010 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard La Consulta Mendoza
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2014

(a blend of 400 different lots, according to Alejandro Vigil; from 16-year-old vines; blended with 8% cabernet franc and vinified with 30% whole clusters):  Bright ruby.  Aromas of black fruits, licorice and bitter chocolate.  Large-scaled, velvety and deep; really spreads out horizontally to coat the palate with creamy-sweet dark berry and chocolate flavors.  Finishes very broad, with fully ripe, building tannins.

93 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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