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Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet/Malbec Nicolas Catena Zapata Argentina Red 2009

Member Review by Chkrazr:

Excellent malbec at a good price ($19.99) paired with grilled flank steak with a homemade salsa verde (modified from "Wine Spectator" summer 2012).

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Bodega Catena Zapata:
Blending different varietals, different lots and even different vintages is an art as old as winemaking itself. In Bordeaux, the blending of the famous five - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec - is a centuries old art. Each component is thought to add a level of complexity to the wine. Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyar... Read more
Blending different varietals, different lots and even different vintages is an art as old as winemaking itself. In Bordeaux, the blending of the famous five - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec - is a centuries old art. Each component is thought to add a level of complexity to the wine. Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyard management team have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza, Argentina. Nicolás Catena has planted an almost countless number of varietals and clones throughout his mountain vineyard sites. This quest for quality lead Nicolás and Laura Catena to a crucial discovery regarding the influence of altitude on grape cultivation in Mendoza. Observing the important differences in soil types, average temperatures and thermal amplitudes that exist at varying altitudes, he found that vineyard sites which are just a few kilometers apart can have vast differences in altitude and possess remarkably different microclimates. Over the years, the in depth study of these different microclimates led Nicolás to determine that the same varietal, and even the same clone, presented distinct aromatic and flavor profiles when cultivated in each of these unique microclimates. Implementing the age old art of assemblage, he found that by blending these different lots of the same varietal, he could achieve a more complex wine. As great artists tap their creative spirit to mix and match colors in the production of magnificent works of art, this wide array of distinct lot selections allows the winemaking team at Bodega Catena Zapata to engage in a creative, intricate process of blending in order to craft the final wine. Starting with the 2001 vintage, our Catena and Catena Alta wines will reflect this new winemaking philosophy. They will be a blend of different microclimates and will carry the Mendoza appellation instead of a specific vineyard designation. The only exception will be the Catena Alta Chardonnay. We believe that at 4,830 feet, the Adrianna Vineyard is today the best site for growing Chardonnay in Mendoza. To some, this change may sound counter-intuitive. Vineyard designated wines are often thought of as being of a higher rank. But in Mendoza, as in Bordeaux, we are convinced that this art of assemblage will bring you a much more delicious wine. In order to further highlight this revolutionary concept of single varietal, microclimate blending, beginning with the 2002 vintage we will bottle 5 different single vineyard Malbecs. These bottlings will highlight the differences between the various microclimates and terroirs of Mendoza's high altitude wine country. Read less

Member Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet/Malbec Nicolas Catena Zapata Argentina Red

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Snooth User: Chkrazr
74879342
5.00 5
11/21/2012

Excellent malbec at a good price ($19.99) paired with grilled flank steak with a homemade salsa verde (modified from "Wine Spectator" summer 2012).


Snooth User: Ruski
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 09/14/2014

Enjoyed this on 4 Sep, 2014. Have had it in my cellar since Nov 2009, so 5 years. Dark purple in colour, strong and intense with blackcurrant and minerals on the nose, plus some coffee and leather, Complex, ripe, and intense on the palate, and maintains a high level of elegance, smoothness while still having some intense power. It could well handle a further 2-5 years of cellaring. Either this is an excellent vintage or an exceptional wine throughout, Simply magnificient. Actusally reminds me partly of a Penfolds Grange from 1996.


Snooth User: wineboy19
189176117
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/02/2009

this wine was fantastic! Especially since it was my birthday! dark berries on the nose, very smooth mouth feel, lingering finish. fruity, balanced and great with chicken burgers! enjoy now!


Snooth User: oenowoman66
30864102
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 07/08/2008

drank July 2008 / a stellar Argentinian wine from a unique microclimate in Mendoza / serious deep berry flavors worthy of spicy food pairings / this was hands-down my favorite from a tasting of 60 Argentinian wines earlier this year


Snooth User: jakecb25
51685127
0.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/28/2010

I paid $119 dollars for this wine. And I bought 5 bottles of it! Wow, I got ripped off. Nevertheless, this is a good bottle of wine. Solid, inky, angry. A winner.


Snooth User: scollier
9212935
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 10/14/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet/Malbec Nicolas Catena Zapata Argentina Red

External Review
Vintage: 2004 08/25/2008

Catena, one of Argentina's emerging stars, has produced this deeply hued, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that combines rich, Napa-like fruit with mineral and spice notes. Reminiscent of the best Bordeaux reds.


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Vintage: 2004 04/09/2008

This is the Catena family's pride and joy. Their top of the line red wine based on the great red grapes of Bordeaux. Rich in cassis, clove, vanilla and pepper.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 03/05/2009

This comes from another member of the extended Catena family -- Ernesto Catena, to be exact, and his wines are always pristine and elegant. This has the beautiful fruit notes, such as currant, that are typical of the best Cabernet Sauvignon, and it finishes with chocolate-driven tannins.


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Vintage: 2004 01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 98Catena Zapatas flagship is the Nicolas Catena Zapata, a Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec blend. The 2004 Nicolas Catena Zapata is composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Malbec. It spent 18 months in 100% new French oak. A saturated black purple in color, it has an aristocratic perfume of pain grille, mineral, espresso, saddle leather, cassis, black currant, and black raspberry. Opulently textured, complex, ripe, and sweet on the palate, it maintains a sense of elegance as well as power. It demands 10-15 years of further cellaring and should still be providing pleasure at age 50. It strikes me as being Argentinas equivalent of a great vintage of Lafite-Rothschild. When all is said and done, Catena Zapata is the Argentina winery of reference the standard of excellence for comparing all others. Drink 2018 - 2058.


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Vintage: 2004 02/24/2010

Bodegas Catena 'Nicolás Catena Zapata' Mendoza 2004: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C, lagerfähig 10 - 15 Jahre ab Jahrgang, in Barriques gereift (24 Monate)Jahrgang: 2004Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: MendozaWeingut: Bodegas CatenaRebsorte: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% MalbecRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 5,75 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.14 Rotwein


External Review
Vintage: 2004 04/09/2008

One of Argentina's emerging stars, Catena has produced this deep-colored, full-bodied Cabernet that combines rich Napa-like fruit with mineral and spice notes that recall the best of Bordeaux.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 10/31/2008

One of Argentina's emerging stars, Catena has produced this deeply hued, full-bodied Cabernet that combines rich Napa-like fruit with mineral and spice notes. Reminiscent of the best Bordeaux reds.




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