Bodega Catena Zapata is one of the most renowned wineries in Argentina. They produce a number of white and red wines. They have worked extensively with the Malbec variety. Their wines include single variety Malbecs, as well as blends. The Alta product utilizes specific lots within the family’s vineyards.
The 2007 Alta Malbec is 100% Malbec. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak.
This wine is a great representation of the Malbec variety.
I decanted the wine for 3 hours.
The wine was purple red in color.
The nose found ripe red and black fruits, and a hint of chocolate, and strong oak.
My first sip brought an explosion of fruit flavors. A massive wave of blueberry (in a great way), plum, black currants, red berries, and much more. It was rather complex. Things just got better from the initial sip (always a good thing!).
This wine had a fantastically, long finish, highlighted by touches of leather and chocolate. The tannins in this vintage are smooth and very, well integrated, adding nicely to the balance of this wine.
This wine would go great with roasted meats or poultry. Tonight, I paired it with an Arugula salad and Chicken Fajitas. The wine went very well with the food. I really want to try it with adobo seasoned grilled steak, grilled sausages, and grilled chicken (it’s a good thing summer is coming soon!).
This wine cost me $40. There a plenty of Malbecs available at lower prices (many are worth it), but this is a great buy for the price.