Stood 750ml for days. This is what you expect. Dark purple. Brooding. 78% Cab Sauv, 22% Malbec. We dumped into decanter and served with porterhouse steak. I don't think this wine can get too much air - it continued to improve throughout. That said, this is about style preference (to be clear: not my preferred style, but clearly an opulent wine). One dimensional. Lots of oak. Wears the high alcohol reasonably well, but it's still there. No rush here.
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(Nicolás Catena Zapata, Mendoza) This impressive, concentrated blend of the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec from the Catena Zapata vineyards offers aromas of cherry, plum, cassis, vanilla, and cedar. On the palate it shows dark-berry, earth, mushroom, mocha, and smoky-oak notes, followed by gripping tannins and bright acidity on the long finish. Often presented blind to the trade, it has performed favorably alongside Château Latour, Château Haut-Brion, Solaia, and Caymus. Decanting recommended. Special Report: Argentina
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