Catena Zapata, based in Mendoza, Argentina, is one of that country’s most well-known wineries. They produce a number of red and white wines, utilizing Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec varietals.
I previously tasted their 2007 Catena Alta Malbec. The Catena Alta was produced using grapes from four of the winery’s vineyards. The Argentino product utilized grapes from the best lots of two of their vineyards (the Adrianna and Nicasia vineyards).
The 2007 Malbec Argentino was 100% Malbec. The wine was aged for 24 months in new French oak. The label listed ABV was 14%.
Similar to my experience with the Catena Alta, the Argentino was a very, nice bottle of wine.
The wine was decanted for 2 hours.
The nose was powerful, combining black fruit, plum, black currant, blueberry, and light floral notes.
Taking a sip, I found vanilla oak, black fruit, black currant, mixed with pepper and leather. Tannins were present, but not in a harsh fashion. The Alta Malbec I had previously tasted was good (really good), but this wine was exceptional. It was more complex than the Alta, yet so well balanced.
The wine had a super long finish, accompanied by the tame tannins and a touch of pepper.
I paired this wine with grilled chicken fajitas and the two went together very well. It would go superbly with any grilled or roasted meat (I’m thinking porterhouse steak!).
The 2007 Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino cost me $112 (hey, I was celebrating World Malbec Day!). While it was a great bottle of wine, you can find many other Zapata wines at much lower cost (the Altas are around $40, and their basic Malbecs are around $20-25). They offer better value than the Argentino (but if you’re ever offered a glass of the Argentino, don’t turn it down!).