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Bodegas Catena Zapata - Alamos Malbec 2017


  • Country: Argentina
  • Wine Region: Mendoza
  • Wine Maker: Felipe Stahlschmidt
  • Grape: Malbec
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2017
Food Matching

Food Matching

Malbec, whose traditional home is in the Cahors region of south-west France, has found an exciting new identity in Argentina as a rich, fruity and intense wine that is a great match for a range of robust and deeply flavoured foods. Master Sommelier Vincent Gasnier, in his excellent book How to Choose Wine claims that its perfect partner is roast rack of lamb with herbs. Malcolm Gluck and Mark Hix, in their book The Simple Art of Marrying Food and Wine, suggest a caramelised onion and goat's cheese tart - perfect for vegetarians! Try it with hearty stews, game and roasts, but avoid fish, shellfish and creamy sauces. It works well with cheese and is an interesting choice for a barbecue.

Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 88 (2014) VS: 87 (2014) JR: 16.5 (2014) WS: 88 (2014) JS: 91 (2015) WE: 88 (2012)


Cherry-packed, fresh, and satin-textured Malbec with a structured, tannin-filled finish.

Wine tasting notes

Made by the Catena family, this fantastic Malbec offers bright black cherry aromas with floral notes and a touch of spice. Showing ripe dark berry fruit along with nice spicy notes. The mouthfeel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavours mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.

Winery Information

Bodegas Catena Zapata

In 1902, Nicola Catena, an Italian immigrant, planted his first vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. The winery has remained under family control — now in its fourth generation — and is one of the few family-owned wine companies in Argentina that remains in Argentine hands. Owned today by Nicolás Catena and his daughter Laura, Bodega Catena Zapata is known as the pioneer of fine wine from Argentina, and Nicolás is recognized as the vintner who revolutionized wine quality in Argentina. A.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)88 pts

Aug 2015 - Luis Gutierrez - They increased the volume of wine fermented in cement for the 2014 Alamos Malbec. The vintage was somehow warmer than 2013 and you feel riper fruit here; there's more weight of fruit in the palate, not as agile as the 2013 (which today is the benchmark). Overall, it is a very pleasant, ripe Malbec.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)87 pts

Mar '16 By Stephen Tanzer. Dark red. Aromas of blackberry, licorice and nutty oak. Supple and sweet, showing a slightly musky espresso quality to its dark berry flavors. Nicely balanced, ripe Malbec for early pleasure. Dusty tannins are essentially soft. Not especially complex but not short. (2014)16.5 pts

Black almost! High toned and rather Cabernet-like in its leafiness. Sweet start and good balance. VGV

Wine Spectator (2014)88 pts

Oct '15 - Concentrated flavors of roasted plum and dark cherry are matched to hints of juniper berry. Features smoky notes midpalate, with a finish that lingers with baker's chocolate. Drink now through 2018.

James Suckling (2015)91 pts

An attractive red with notes of dried berries and light chocolate. Spicy, too. Full-bodied, juicy and rich with a long and flavorful finish. I like the balsamic undertones to this. A real malbec. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)88 pts

Spice, saline and berry aromas feed into a jammy, slightly sticky palate. Generous flavors of oak and medicinal black fruits finish warm, chewy and dense in flavor. Overall, this captures the positive elements of ripe, consumer-friendly Malbec. — M.S. (4/1/2014)

Vinification Notes

2 days cold maceration, 9-15 day fermentation, 2-4 day post fermentation maceration. Average fermentation temperature : 28 C. Aged for 6-9 months in French and American oak.