2009 Bodega Catena Zapata Alamos Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
WB Rating: 84

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $9.99 (Safeway)
Type: Malbec
Principal varietal(s): Malbec

This entry level Malbec from Alamos is fairly priced, though to my taste it doesn't measure up in price/quality ratio to some of the excellent Alamos wines I've had in the past. Dark purple in color, it is still obviously youthful and therefore a little harsh, but there is a ripe-feeling and balanced texture. Perhaps the wine is closed at this point, but in the mouth the raspberry/blackberry fruit is barely detectable. The wine may come alive in time, but for now it's relatively uninteresting. - HK 2010-06-09


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