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Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Agrelo Alta Zapata Vineyard 2003

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Expanding on the vineyard lots previously used in this wine, the 2003 vintage is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the lime, clay soil in Lot 3 of the La Pirámide vineyard, the sandy, lime soil of Lot 3 in the Domingo vineyard, and the sandy soil in Lot 5 of the Adrianna vineyard. All three vineyards experienced slightly warmer than usual March temperatures, with average temperatures in La Pirámide 1.9° C above normal, thermal amplitudes some 3° C less in Domingo, and average temperatures 2° C higher than usual in Adrianna. As a result La Pirámide offered ripe, concentrated cassis flavors with a rich, plush texture; Domingo presented a fresh ripeness with a structured frame; and the Adrianna vineyard added an excellent opaque violet color, ripe black cherry flavors and finely grained tannins. This vintage should be enjoyed in 6 to 8 years and will continue to improve over the following 14 years. Name: Catena Alta Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage: 2003 Vineyards: La Piramide Vineyard, Agrelo district, 3,100’ elevation Domingo Vineyard, Villa Bastias district, 3,700’ elevation Adrianna Vineyard, Gualtallary district, 4,550’ elevation Harvest Date: La Piramide Vineyard: April 10, 2003 Domingo Vineyard, April 14, 2003 Adrianna Vineyard, April 26, 2003 Fermentation: Max. Temp. 28° C for a 14 day fermentation and 28 day maceration. Aging: 15 months in French oak, 80% new Alcohol: 14.2% vol Acidity/pH: 5.70/3.60 Fining/Filtration: Unfined/Unfiltered Production: 4,000 9 liter cases

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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 Sauvignon Agrelo Alta Zapata Vineyard

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Snooth User: Chris Voed
1613893
0.00 5
04/06/2009

Just incredible, In the top two best malbecs I have tasted. Dark chocolate and mocha on the note. Very intense with dark rich fruit coming though. Taste is even better which I did not expect. Coffee, chocolate expresso, and mocha are in full force. Some of the strongest I have come across. Rich dark fruit, great structure, smooth finish. Costco had it for $30!!! 93pts.


Snooth User: Rocheco
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5.00 5
09/03/2008

Five glasses



Expanding on the vineyard lots previously used in this wine, the 2003 vintage is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the lime, clay soil in Lot 3 of the La Pirámide vineyard, the sandy, lime soil of Lot 3 in the Domingo vineyard, and the sandy soil in Lot 5 of the Adrianna vineyard. All three vineyards experienced slightly warmer than usual March temperatures, with average temperatures in La Pirámide 1.9° C above normal, thermal amplitudes some 3° C less in Domingo, and average temperatures 2° C higher than usual in Adrianna. As a result La Pirámide offered ripe, concentrated cassis flavors with a rich, plush texture; Domingo presented a fresh ripeness with a structured frame; and the Adrianna vineyard added an excellent opaque violet color, ripe black cherry flavors and finely grained tannins. This vintage should be enjoyed in 6 to 8 years and will continue to improve over the following 14 years. Name: Catena Alta Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage: 2003 Vineyards: La Piramide Vineyard, Agrelo district, 3,100’ elevation Domingo Vineyard, Villa Bastias district, 3,700’ elevation Adrianna Vineyard, Gualtallary district, 4,550’ elevation Harvest Date: La Piramide Vineyard: April 10, 2003 Domingo Vineyard, April 14, 2003 Adrianna Vineyard, April 26, 2003 Fermentation: Max. Temp. 28° C for a 14 day fermentation and 28 day maceration. Aging: 15 months in French oak, 80% new Alcohol: 14.2% vol Acidity/pH: 5.70/3.60 Fining/Filtration: Unfined/Unfiltered Production: 4,000 9 liter cases

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