Catena 2007 Mendoza Malbec

Posted on January 31, 2010

Nicola Catena immigrated to Argentina from Italy in the early 20th century, planting vineyards in Mendoza. The winery was passed on to Domingo, Nicola's son, who continued to make wine. During economic and political instability in Argentina, third generation Nicolas Catena left his home for California. Inspired by California's budding wine industry, Catena returned to Mendoza in the 1980's with hopes of reinventing Bodega Catena Zapata. He planted a number of high altitude vineyards in Mendoza, focusing on Chardonnay and Malbec. Today, Nicolas and his daughter Laura continue to expand their family's winery; they now produce three different tiers of wines focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Malbec. 


Winery - Bodega Catena Zapata

Location - Mendoza, Argentina

Wine - Catena 2007 Mendoza Malbec

Grape Varieties - Malbec

Appellation - Mendoza

Alcohol - 13.5% v/v

Price -$18 USD


Nose/Aroma - Sweet dates, vanilla, and dark fruit.

Palate/Flavors -Boysenberries, tobacco, and oak char with a hint of figs. Crisp acid leads to a long, mildly bitter finish of overripe blackberries. The phenolic structure was pleasing, strong and supple at the same time.

Food Pairing - Red curry sauce with lamb.

Comments - Well balanced wine. Good structure, good flavor profile. After trying this entry level Malbec, I'd like to try the Catena Alta and Catena Zapata selections.