Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon 2002, Mendoza, Argentina

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2002Appearance: Dark cloudy garnet, almost brownish with a brick, brownish-orange rim with sediments.

Nose: Fruit aromas were still very forward with plenty of crushed ripe blueberries and dried figs. Vanilla and cedar notes were quite evident from the nose. Very subtle hints of leather.

Palate: Blueberries filled the mouth while vanilla and oak flavours displayed quite prominently on the plate. Retained good acidity that provided a somewhat tart medium to medium (+) finish. Berries flavour still dominant with a touch of spiciness.

Comments: The cork disintegrated completely when I opened it this evening. But the wine was not oxidized whatsoever and probably won’t last very long given its current condition. My mum’s sieve actually did pretty well in separating all the broken cork pieces in the bottle. Drink up if you have any and check the cork. If cellared properly, this should be able to withstand a few more years before taking an exponential downward turn. Not exactly a wine layered with complexity but not quite a single dimensional one too. An excellent bottle to pair with the salty pork floss sticks that my sis brought back from Bangkok!

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