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Catena Zapata Catena Alta Historic Rows Malbec 2018 – A Delicate Malbec That Shows the Heights That Malbec Can Reach

Catena Zapata, Catena Alta Historic Rows Malbec 2018, Mendoza, Argentina, Wine Casual

Catena Zapata, Catena Alta Historic Rows Malbec 2018, Mendoza, Argentina

Tasting Note: A delicate malbec that shows the heights that malbec can reach.

Deep-intensity purple in color, this wine has an aromatic, medium-plus-intensity nose of blackberry, violet blossoms, raspberry, rose petal and black plum with hints of vanilla baking spice and cedar.

On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied malbec has medium-plus-intensity flavors supported by medium acidity and soft, medium tannin ultimately completing with a medium-plus-finish.

There are hints of leather and black tea in the midpalate.

I wish more people got to experience malbec like this.

Bottle Note: Catena Alta malbec is sourced from select rows in the Catena family’s Andean Vineyards: Angélica Sur (35%), Adrianna (20%), Nicasia (25%), Angélica (10%) and La Pirámide (10%). The blend of these historic rows, the marriage of sounds that created a symphony, yields an exuberant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations. The Catena Family, since 1902: One hundred years of defining Argentine wine.

Rating: 95 points
Price: $50
Alcohol: 14%
Importer: Winebow Inc., New York, New York
Tasted: Barcelona Wine Bar, Fairfield Connecticut
Tasting Date: June 23, 2022

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