Malbec is a red wine grape that has been grown in France's Bordeaux region and used as a blending grape with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Malbec grapes play that same role in France's Loire Valley where it is blended with Gamay and Cabernet Franc. Even in California there are only small plantings of Malbec. But Argentina is a different matter altogether. Malbec vines were brought there many years ago from France and Malbec wines seem to have found a natural home. For some reason certain grapes just seem to favor certain climates and the Malbec grape has found a home in Argentina where it is produced and bottled on its own producing some profound wines. Wherever they are from you should buy Malbec wines at Ultimate Wine Shop.
The Catena Zapata icons begin with the 2008 Nicasia Vineyard Malbec, which spent 18 months in 100% new French barriques. A glass-coating opaque purple/black, it offers up a super-fragrant nose of toasty new oak, earth notes, exotic... Read More
The 2008 Argentino Malbec is a blend of 65% Adrianna and 35% Nicasia fruit. It, too, spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. The Argentino offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile but with just a bit of extra nuance, presumably... Read More
The 2008 Nicolas Catena Zapata is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc that spent 24 months in 100% new French oak followed by 24 months in bottle prior to release. It... Read More