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Argentina, Malbec, Catena Zapata, Alamos, Mendoza, Uco Valley, 2010

Note: decant 2 hours for best effect. A slight reduction needs to waft off.

N/ Smoked black cherry. Smoldering campfire. Acidic, crushed river rocks. A reduction sauce made from steeped violets. Earthy beets. Incense.

T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Smoked black cherries and light chocolate. Lightly smoked black earth and burlap juice.

Winemaker = Felipe Stahlschmidt

http://www.alamoswines.com/en/ourwines/

also see…

http://www.catenawines.com/  (I had a spectacular visit to the facility a couple years back = a do-not-miss if you are in Argentina)

Also of note…. this is Catena’s most affordable Malbec… their higher end offerings are the stuff of legend.

Price = $9.99

Rating = A- / B+

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