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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Catena Zapata; Angelica Zapata Alta Cabernet Franc Mendoza - 2010

A wonderful Cab Franc from Laura Catena
Like last night's The Philosophy, this Angelica Zapata 2010 was a gift from the IWSC after a dinner with outgoing President Laura Catena and the incoming Neil McGuigan.
Two very different personalities, continents and winemaking styles.
But I so much prefer this wine to the Philosophy; it has a European sensibility with just a hint of New World ripeness.
Dark purple in the glass, ripe red and black cherry fruit, complex spices, a touch of leather and substantial underpinnings cut through with freshness. Concentrated, intense, pure, ripe and fresh.
Is it distinctly Argentinean? It certainly has a high altitude intensity and freshness.
The New World fruit is immediately noticeable but never tips over into being baked or stewed; Rhone-esque ripeness, Loire-esque freshness.
Very Good.
Match with the sweetness of roast chicken, parsnips, carrots and cranberry sauce.
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