Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Review

Wine Bargains December 24, 2012

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2010 – $16.99 KL Wines
The Catena Cabernet Sauvignon is a very good-tasting and balanced wine from the highly regarded Catena Zapata winery in Mendoza, Argentina. This Cabernet has been blended with 3% Cab Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine tastes and feels more like a French Bordeaux than it does a new world Cabernet. I prefer the style of Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California or Washington. Overall the wine is nicely made with good characters of white pepper, cocoa, and black fruit. This wine is ready to drink with tannin and oak in check. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gives the Catena Cab 92 Points. I think the wine is over-rated by most. For me this wine leaves me looking for a little more, perhaps because of the 92-point rating by Parker. I rate it 88 Pts. A much better wine in my opinion would be the Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet 2008. Until the end of the month, the Mondavi is discounted to $15.49 a bottle at Costco.

Catena Cabernet

Catena Cabernet

Louis Martini Sonoma 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Costco $10.99
This is another very decent Cabernet Sauvignon from Louis Martini and it’s on many a wine critic’s list of top value wines of the year. The wine has good Cabernet characteristics but not a whole lot of complexity. It is pleasant tasting enough, but lacks some oomph. It truly is a great value and you should be able to find it for less $13 at a variety of stores. This wine is made in huge amounts. 87 Points.
Louis Martini Sonoma Cab

Louis Martini Sonoma Cab

Costco featured in the Wall Street Journal Wine Column
Lettie Teague wrote about her experience shopping for wine at Costco. Just as we had previously discovered, Lettie has found some amazing wine bargains. To read the article go to Big-Box Borole? The Wine Suprices at Costco.

White Wines of the Year
Watch for our list of the top and still available white wines for 2012. If you missed our selection of red wines go to: Top Bargain Red Wines of 2012.


  1. What is the price of the Catena Cabernet?

  2. I think you’re being biased about the Catena Cabernet Sauvignon. You said you prefer wines from California and Washington and a Napa Valley Cabernet, a Mondavi: very different terroirs and wine making styles. If you like those wines, you’d hardly appreciate an Argentine wine, I think.

    • I like the Malbec and Bonarda wines of Argentina. The Cab is just not my style but thanks for the comment and the interest.

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