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2018 Catena Zapata "DV Catena - Tinto Histórico" Red Blend Mendoza

SKU #1537168 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Wonderful aromas of dried strawberries, flowers and lemons. Full-bodied with a lovely, fluid center palate that is sweetly fruity and a long, long finish. Love this wine. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A smart buy. Having spent 12 months in French barrels (35% new) the juicy black fruit and leafy aromas contrast with sweet spices and hints of cedar. Concentrated with rich freshness and fine tannins. (AI) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Black cherry, licorice, menthol and smoky minerality on the nose, plus a whiff of chocolatey reduction. Saline and very fine-grained, with medicinal black cherry and menthol flavors lifted by spices and flowers. Rather backward but already showcases the ripeness of the vintage, but with a restrained sweetness. Finishes saline, tactile and suave, with smooth tannins and lingering dark fruits. A lovely vintage for this bottling (an homage to Laura Catena's grandfather Domingo Vicente Catena), which includes some century-old Bonarda vines. (ST) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

K&L Notes

Domingo Vicente Catena, father of Nicolas and grandfather of Laura Catena, originally created this iconic blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot, selling it to the best restaurants in Buenos Aires in the 1930s and '40s. This is an honest, authentic re-imagining of a blend that highlights Malbec's delicious fruit, with Bonarda's slightly rustic brawn and Petite Verdot's color and acidity. An authentic Argentinian blend, originally crafted for locals and now available to us.

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