Argentine vineyards exist normally in the middle of semi-arid areas and at high altitudes. Dry mountain air insulates Argentine vineyards from disease. Abundant water allows these vineyards to yield more than other vineyards around the world at similar altitudes. While Argentina might have relatively low rainfall throughout the year, the rain it does have is concentrated during the growing season, though Argentina sometimes has problems with hail. Argentina has many important wine producing regions such as Mendoza, Patagonia, Salta and Neuquen. The most important region in Argentina is undoubtedly Mendoza where Malbec, its most popular grape, thrives. Malbecs here are full-bodied and rich, with broad fruit flavors and aromatics. Other grapes excel in Argentina as well, including: Chardonnay, Torrontes, Bonarda, and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as numerous others. Chardonnays tend to be similar to quality California wines. Torrontes is a white wine with enticing floral aromas similar to Gewurtztraminer with citrus flavors and acidity similar to Sauvignon Blanc. Bonarda, of Italian origin, is the most widely planted red grape in Argentina and it remains a source of underdeveloped potential for Argentine grape growers and winemakers.
"93 Points- Wine Advocate. Dark purple-colored, it displays a splendid nose of wild flowers, spice box, incense, black cherry and plum. This leads to an elegant, medium-bodied rendition of Malbec with a velvety texture, superb depth and concentration, succulent flavors with notes of chocolate and black pepper making an appearance, and a pure, silky finish. While it will continue to blossom for several more years, it can be enjoyed now."
"98 Points- Wine Advocate. The 2005 Nicolas Catena Zapata is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Malbec. The brooding bouquet delivers pain grille, mineral, violet, scorched earth, pepper, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas leading to a dense, opulent wine with gobs of savory fruit, ripe tannins, terrific concentration, and a 60-second finish."
"91 Rating James Suckling. Intense and lively red-purple color. Intense red ripe fruit aromas such as prunes and cherries, with black pepper and tobacco. Can also detect chocolate, cherry liqueur, and spicy notes. Soft and velvety entry, firm tannins, with a lovely, juicy finish."
"The ultimate summer patio wine. Pairs well with grilled fish, oysters, poultry, and soft cheeses. Aromas of citrus and white flowers feed into a juicy palate of pineapple and mango flavors. Similar to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, there is a strong acid lift on the fresh, crisp finish."
"94 Rating! - Wine Advocate 93 Rating! James Suckling"
"Deep violet color with blue shades. It has a complex aroma, combination of violets, cherries and sour cherries in oak. It presents a concentrated blackberry fruits, ripe plums and tobacco leaves flavors. Complex finish with remarkable sweet tannins and long lasting after taste."
"Brilliantly, light yellow in color with greenish tints. Strong and lively nose, typical Malagouzia, suggesting rose petal with floral aromas and sweet spices, melon, litchi with a note of honeysuckle. Round and mellow on the palate, fat but balanced, high in alcohol with plenty of finesse. Well structured, reminding the nose aromas with a hint of rosemary. A richly textured wine with superb length and balance. A classy wine with long finish and persistent aromas."
"95 Points- Decanter. Deep red with violet hues, delicate aromas highlighting ripe red fruits with hints of mint that are very harmonized with notes of vanilla and chocolate from oak. In mouth, ripe plums stand and a very good acidity with a hint of raisins and sweet tannins."
"An intense yellow and green color, with hints of ripe grapes at harvest time. Its aromas show tropical fruits of banana, passion fruit and pine, while the oak aging gives notes of coconut and vanilla. The palate is elegant, with an equal amount of acidity."