Review: 2006 Catena Zapata Catena Alta Malbec Mendoza

An outstanding Argentinan Malbec, this wine is made from grapes harvested from four different estate vineyards, each at a different elevation in Mendoza, ranging from 2,850 feet to 4,725 feet. The result is an eye-opener, an intense yet fruit-forward wine with cherry and plum notes and a thick, vibrant licorice core. That sounds gross, I know, but Catena Alta is lush and perfectly balanced, great both on its own and with food, light in body yet long on the finish. A rare impressive exemplar of this grape.

A / $40 / catenawines.com


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