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2008 Alamos - Malbec Malbec - Argentina - Mendoza - Red

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Argentina - Mendoza

Red Malbec
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Bodega Catena Zapata is located in the renowned Mendoza wine region of Argentina. Paul Hobbs helped put this winery on the map years ago, and its reputaion has done nothing but continue to rise over the last decade. The inaugural cuvee had its release with the stupendous (in Argentina) 1997 vintage. With the help of his daughter, Laura, owner Nicolas Catena is slated to likely become one of the... More »

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 148
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Source Jancis Robinson
Author Fernando
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Tasted On 05/04/2013
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Author Bruce 406
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.913%
Tasted On 04/04/2010

Probably needs a little more time to develop but very nice right now.

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Author BoozingIt
Site / Blog BoozingIt Trust Rating 98.765%
Tasted On 03/04/2010

This Malbec has great color, very nice dark purple. I get aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, earth and pepper subtle leather and oak with a hint of licorice. Flavors of blackberry, black raspberry, leather, oak and bitter chocolate on the palate. It's also a little chalky. Remember when you would go outside after class to clean the blackboard erasers by banging them together. That chalk dust went everywhere. That's in this wine, which is fun. A little too much oak on the finish, but it's not overbearing. Firm dry tannins, zingy acidity on a long finish. Decanted for 4 hours.

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Author JamesV
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Tasted On 11/24/2009

Acidic and tannic, Strong bite on the back of the tongue, but light up front. Taste of plums, oak, and black cherries. Dark Ruby Red in color. Good for heavier foods. Needs to age, good storage wine.

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Tasted On 09/27/2009

Deep ink color in the glass. The nose had hints of dark berries and a fragrance of flowers. The palate was juicy and spicy with a nice blend of fruit, oak, alcohol, and tannin. The body was medium and balanced. Overall, a modest Malbec for 2008.

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