Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bodega Catena Malbec

Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec 2010
www.catenawines.com
Medoza, Argentina

This Malbec is just so lovely. Not a helpful descriptor, I know, but it seems to fit. It's also not terribly expensive -- and you can find it at your neighborhood grocery! (I got it at Costco...)

Review: The wine has a strong nose of black fruits, like cassis and black cherries. On the palate the fruit still shines, but there's also a nice little herbal note of fennel. The wine is completely dry (only 2 g/l residual sugar), but the fruit tastes a touch sweet and jammy. There's a pleasantly long finish and super smooth tannins. 

The most interesting Argentine Malbecs are sourced from high-altitude vineyards and Catena is certainly no exception. The fruit for this Malbec comes from the family´s vineyards high up in Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo, Tupungato and San Carlos.

Food Pairing: For some reason, this wine made me want a roast turkey sandwich. With andouille sausage stuffing. Something just a touch savory. If anyone's having turkey at Easter (tomorrow), please save me your leftovers...

Bottom Line: Catena is more or less the father of Argentine Malbec, and there's a mighty fine reason. I dig it, especially at this price point.


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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2010
  • PLACE: Mendoza, Argentina
  • GRAPE: 100% Malbec
  • AGEING: 14 months in 70% French oak (35% new) and 30% American oak.
  • BOOZE: 13.5% 
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2 g/l
  • CELLAR: Drink now, hold for a few years
  • www.catenawines.com

Where did I get it? Costco
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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