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96 Ratings
Catena Zapata Catena Alta Malbec

Wine Details

Varietal

Malbec

Style

Red

Region

MendozaArgentina

Wine Description

(2009 Vintage) The 2009 Alta Catena Malbec comes from the Angelica, La Piramide, Nicasia and Adrianna Vineyards and undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrel, then is aged in French oak, 50% new, for 18 months. It offers a gorgeous, pure, floral bouquet with ripe pomegranate and wild strawberry imbued with superb minerality and delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a tense, almost broody entry. It is a classic Malbec, one you might almost think came from the Old World, underpinned by great structure and a sense of masculinity. Yet it is superbly balanced with plenty of ripe, earthy black fruit laced with tar and tobacco towards the long, rather aristocratic finish. Excellent.

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    very good had for 44th anniversary

    over 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/29/04
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 88(+?) - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Jul-04
  • Wine Advocate
    (2002 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 159 on Jun-05
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2002 Vintage) Rating: 90(+?) - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Nov-05
  • James Suckling
    (2012 Vintage)