Catena Zapata - D.V. Zapata, Malbec Blend,
Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 2019
The DV Zapata is a special assemblage of High Mountain Estate Vineyards made by fourth generation vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil. Through decades of study and exploration within Mendoza's high altitude mountain terroirs, the Catena family has identified special locations for its Estate vineyards. From the marriage of these historic vineyards emerges a wine of unique character that has natural balance, concentration and a distinct varietal identity. I like to think of this as Bordeaux meets Argentina. We love this wine as a case-worthy everyday drinker with significant aging potential for up to 15+ years.
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94 Points - James Suckling - “An alluring array of ripe red-berry and plum aromas with a floral, violet-like edge and appealing oak influence, too. The palate has a very plush, open feel with medium body and a fresh, juicy finish. Poached red-berry finish. So charming. Discreetly brilliant blending at work here. A blend of malbec 75% bonarda 19% and petit verdot 6%.”
91+ Points - Wine Advocate - “The subtle, balanced and elegant 2019 DV Catena Tinto Histórico was produced with a blend of 75% Malbec, 19% Bonarda and 6% Petit Verdot, and each grape seems to contribute nicely to the blend, making it balanced, harmonious and complex and especially very likeable and drinkable. It has moderate alcohol, round tannins and a lively and fresh mouthfeel. 117,600 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020.”
The 2019 D.V. Catena Tinto Historico is one of the great red blend values in the marketplace currently. Rated 91+ points by three different journals and a fantastic blend of Malbec, Bonarda, and Petit Verdot, this crushes a number of other red blends that cost well over three times the price. This is a Malbec for classic tastes, lovers of Bordeaux and wines with a deep conection to the earth they are grown.
A Blend of Four Vineyards - vineyards are divided into lots that are harvested at different times:
Lunlunta 3,116 ft (920 m): aluvial origin. Loamy clay in the topsoil with rounded rocks on the bottom.
Chateau Prieure de Beyzac - Haut Medoc, Bordeaux 2018
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Vinous 92 - "The 2018 Prieuré de Beyzac has a really lovely bouquet of perfumed red cherries and wild strawberry and well integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, pinpoint acidity and great precision toward the finish. This is one of the outstanding Cru Bourgeois of the vintage. Absolutely superb." - Neal Martin
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Matchbook Wine Company - Chardonnay 'The Arsonist' Dunnigan Hills, Central Valley, California 2019
If you like big, voluptuous Chardonnays the Arsonist is for you. There is enough sumptuous fruit and toasty oak to satisfy the classic-California Chard lover.
The Arsonist is always the blend of the best barrel lots of the winery's estate-grown Chardonnay, designed to showcase their house style of extreme balance of fruit and oak. The 2019 vintage is classically rich and luscious with dense flavors of butterscotch, Crème brûlée, honey and pineapple. An underlayer of toasty oak and caramel from barrel aging adds complexity. Tropical flavors, so characteristic of the Dunnigan Hills appellation, add a fresh balance. The creamy texture and bright, crisp fruit linger in the finish.
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