Monday, August 27, 2012

Review: **** $$ Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2004 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: This is a classic Mendoza, Argentina, malbec, available widely.  This sample was cellared til eight years from vintage date.

Original tasting and review : This is Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2004, finished at 13.8% alcohol.   For the vintage, the following vineyards generated grapes: Angelica, La Piramide and Altamira. 

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from half an inch in.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep robes of purple fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be layered, deep and luscious.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full with deep fruit and solid oak and tannic backbone, still showing freshness and a touch of menthol after eight years since vintage date.  Has held up extremely well to the cellaring, and does seem ready to drink now.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best  value.

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