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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Catena Malbec La Consultatext
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16½/20

Catena Malbec La Consulta 2020

Valle de Uco, Tunuy√°n, Central Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaThe Bodegas Catena Zapata Appellation Range is an excellent way to think more about place than grape variety, which is a problem for countries stuck on one message, like malbec in Argentina, or sauvignon blanc in New Zealand. The wines are named after historic vineyards, small in size, such as La Consulta in the Uco Valley. The vineyard sits 1095 metres above sea level over clay sand and alluvial outflows, a seemingly perfect medium for malbec. The textures are silky smooth and savoury, with spicy balsamic red fruit, a delicate mineral undercurrent, and a sense of elegance, although it is a touch soft in the back end. It spends a year in a mix of French and American oak. This is ready to drink and would be okay with any grilled meat dish or roasted root vegetables. A mushroom pizza would be fun too.Tasted: 20 July 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
US$22.00750mlselect private retailers
Producer: Bodega Catena ZapataDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Noble Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.
Grape: Malbec