2015 Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino
This wine is a magnificent example of what high-altitude Argentine Malbec is capable of achieving when in the right hands. The award-winning label depicts the history of Malbec’s journey from its origins in France to the renaissance the variety is currently enjoying in Argentina. The Catena family is the most forward-thinking winery in Argentina and Malbec Argentino offers evidence that the country is capable of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the greatest winemakers in the world.
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“(made from old vines in La Consulta and Lunlunta): Bright medium red. Knockout nose combines black fruits, licorice, minerals and savory soil tones. Compellingly intense and alive in the mouth, conveying terrific sappy energy and cut as well as a distinct creaminess to its dark berry and dark chocolate flavors. I love the combination of sweet and salty elements here. Still quite unevolved but the very ripe, subtle, rising finish and mature tannins suggest that this wine will evolve positively for another decade. This was aged in all-new 2,000-liter oak ovals, mostly from Stockinger. It has more stuffing than the 2016 but will it offer as much complexity in the long run? (One of the two sources for this fruit, the Angelica vineyard, actually includes a bit of Sémillon, which is co-fermented with the old-vines Malbec.)”
— Stephen Tanzer, at Vinous.com