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Catena Malbec 2018


Synopsis, Our Opinion: Despite its drawbacks we thought it was an enjoyable drinking Malbec.

Producer/Winery: Bodega Catena Zapata; Mendoza, Argentina.

Grape Variety: Malbec.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Mendoza, Argentina.

Vintage: 2018

Price: $16.49 (with a 25% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: Harris Teeter Grocery Store; Kernersville, North Carolina.

Paired With: Loaded baked potatoes, ham, broccoli and cheddar cheese.

Tasting:

    Note: Every now and again, when we find a good sale, we purchase wine we know nothing about from the grocery store. This is one of those sale-price “pig in a poke” grocery store wines. Generally we try to get non-domestic brands simply because we have been disappointed so frequently with sweet, poor quality wines…especially the reds. However, occasionally we get lucky and discover a real winner…a wine with excellent quality that’s sold at a very low price…e.g. La Vieille Ferme Recolte Blanc 2019.

    Opened one hour before drinking. Just clear, inky dark garnet color with a slightly lighter rim. Very oaky plum, blackberry jam, vanilla and dark chocolate aromas. Smooth entry, dusty, almost viscous, and a tad fruity sweet mouthfeel, medium to full body and a 200-grit texture. Powerful ripe plum, blackberry, cherry and dark chocolate flavors. Weak acidity, soft almost non existent tannins and a medium length fruit finish. A fruit forward Malbec that’s simple and a bit one dimensional, but we’ve had a lot of Malbecs that cost more and were not as good. With our simple week night supper this was a good pairing and even sipping without food the soft texture and robust fruitiness came off pretty well. Despite its drawbacks we thought it was an enjoyable drinking Malbec.

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Comments: Learn more about Catena Zapata and their wines.

See our reviews of other Bodega Catena Zapata wines.

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Aluminum covered 45mm reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: 0 98709 08858 0

Imported by: Winebow; New York, New York.