Catena Zapata - Nicolas Catena Zapata - Malbec Blend

96 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
Catena Zapata - Nicolas Catena Zapata - Malbec Blend - 2016 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Catena Zapata - Nicolas Catena Zapata - Malbec Blend

96 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
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Nicolas Catena Zapata is a classic wine in Argentina. With its first vintage in 1997, it has always been Catena’s response to the great cabernets of the world. In this case, it has 50% cabernet sauvignon plus malbec and other varieties such as cabernet franc, petit verdot, and merlot. When we consider that this is 50% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc, it’s normal that there are lots of herbal and tobacco notes here. A wine with powerful red fruits, juicy acidity, and tremendous potential for aging in the bottle
Nicolas Catena Zapata is a classic wine in Argentina. With its first vintage in 1997, it has always been Catena’s response to the great cabernets of the world. In this case, it has 50% cabernet sauvignon plus malbec and other varieties such as cabernet franc, petit verdot, and merlot. When we consider that this is 50% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc, it’s normal that there are lots of herbal and tobacco notes here. A wine with powerful red fruits, juicy acidity, and tremendous potential for aging in the bottle
The 2018 Nicolás Catena Zapata was produced with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary (Adrianna vineyard, with the Cabernet Sauvignon, interplanted with some Cabernet Franc) and 35% Malbec from Altamira (Nicasia vineyard). They no longer use grapes from Agrelo, and this is also a lot higher in Malbec than in other recent vintages. So, it has a very different profile, a change that started in 2017, with more contained ripeness and more freshness, and the wine is intense, keeping some of the Cabernet character (tobacco, blackberries) and the floral notes from Malbec. It comes through as balanced and harmonious, with very fine tannins and a long finish and perfect ripeness.
Type:
Red
Country:
Argentina
Region:
Mendoza
Producer:
Bodega Catena Zapata
Grapes/Blend:
Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon
Pairing Sugesstions:
Beef, Lamb, Venison, Game Birds, Blue Cheese, Chocolate

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Mendoza is a wine region located in Argentina, known for producing some of the world's finest Malbec wines. The region has a long history of winemaking, dating back to the 16th century when Spanish colonizers first introduced grapevines...

Mendoza is a wine region located in Argentina, known for producing some of the world's finest Malbec wines. The region has a long history of winemaking, dating back to the 16th century when Spanish colonizers first introduced grapevines to the area. Today, Mendoza is home to over 1,500 wineries, making it the largest wine-producing region in Argentina.

The style of production in Mendoza is heavily influenced by the region's unique climate and geography. The area is situated at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, which provide a natural barrier against the Pacific Ocean's cool winds. This results in a dry, sunny climate with large temperature fluctuations between day and night. These conditions are ideal for growing grapes with thick skins, which produce rich, full-bodied wines with intense fruit flavors.

The most popular grape variety grown in Mendoza is Malbec, which accounts for over 60% of the region's vineyards. Other red grape varieties grown in the region include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Mendoza also produces some excellent white wines, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Torrontés.

Overall, Mendoza is a must-visit destination for wine lovers looking to explore the world of Argentine wine. The region's unique climate and geography, combined with its rich winemaking history, make it a fascinating and rewarding place to discover new and exciting wines.

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