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19.95 | 750mL
Normally $28, this 92-point classic Malbec from superstar producer Catena Zapata in Mendoza is a true no-brainer for all-the-time drinking! Laura Catena knows how to make the magic happen from her entry level all the way to her hundred point, $100+ cabs and malbecs.
Catena Zapata dates back to 1902, pioneering the premium Argentine wine scene, particularly in the high-altitude areas at the base of the Andes. We scored a simply jaw-dropping price on this "daily drinker" - a rich, round, perfumey Malbec that will hit all your buttons, we promise! We may live in Napa, but we drink a LOT of Malbec!
We bought every case we could but will likely not have enough! While it lasts!
About the Producer
Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high-altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third-generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high-quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to export a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high-altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.
The 2017 Appellation Lunlunta Malbec is from a slightly riper year and has higher alcohol and a little less acidity. But the wine keeps its poise and harmony, showing very classical, perfumed and with volume. Power and elegance. 34,800 bottles were filled after 12 months in oak barrels.