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Wine of the week: 2014 Catena Malbec

Mendoza, Argentina

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Retail $15-$25

Argentina's Mendoza province is home to 80 percent of the nation's wineries and prime vineyards. Malbec, which originated in France's Bordeaux region, has become Argentina's most successful red varietal since it was first planted in the mid-19th century. Over the course of 115 years and four generations, the Catena Zapata family has practiced viticulture in the foothills of the Andes, sourcing grapes and producing wines from their high-altitude vineyards. From north Mendoza, the Maipu vineyard's 80-year-old vines contribute smooth texture to this blend. Fruit from Lujan de Cuyo adds spice notes. Cold nights in San Carlos vineyards foster crisp acidity, and Tupungato's sunny skies enhance scents and structure. In the winery, the malbec grapes fermented and macerated over 32 days, and the wine aged in American and French barriques. In the glass, it offers aromas of red berries, dark fruit, floral notes and a hint of cedar. On the palate, taste plum, blackberry, cherry, spice and a touch of mocha. Decant 25 minutes before serving. Drink it with steak, roasted meats, fowl, pasta with tomato sauce, pizza and cheeses. Buy it at: The Wine Seller, Rouses in Mid-City, Costco, Breaux Mart on Magazine Street, Trader Joe's, Zuppardo's Family Supermarket, Langenstein's in Metairie, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods Market in Metairie and Mandeville and Cost Plus World Market. Drink it at: Trenasse, Houston's, Fogo de Chao and Coach's Corner.

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