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We are easing into things by starting out with Catena Malbec. Something familiar and oh, so tasty!

Most people are now familiar with the Malbec grape and the concentrated, ripe wines that are made from it. But you may be surprised to learn that Malbec is a French grape variety traditionally propagated in Bordeaux and Cahors. While it has virtually disappeared from production in Bordeaux, it is still the primary grape of Cahors. The grape was introduced to Argentina by French agronomist Michael Pouget in 1868.


“In 1902, Nicolás’s grandfather Nicola Catena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza. Today, the wines of Bodega Catena Zapata are sourced from six historic estate vineyards: Angélica, La Pirámide, Nicasia, Domingo, Adrianna and Angélica Sur. The Catena wines are a special assemblage of High Mountain Estate Vineyards made by fourth generation vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil. Although we have found that most of the Catena wines are consumed shortly after release, we are pleased to see that they age beautifully for ten to twenty years. Through decades of study and exploration within Mendoza’s high altitude mountain terroirs, the Catena family has identified special locations for its Estate vineyards. From the marriage of these historic vineyards emerges a wine of unique character that has natural balance, concentration and a distinct varietal identity.”

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