Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Agrelo Nicolás Catena Zapata 2008

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Nicolás Catena Zapata is made from a meticulous vine selection in the best lots of the Catena family’s estate vineyards. These Zapata vines are carefully hand tended and produce extremely low yields. The grapes are micro-fermented in new French oak barriques and the wine is then aged for 24 months in new French oak.

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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 Nicolás Catena Zapata

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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2.00 5
03/20/2010

- Tasted at Total Wine & More 3/20/10


Snooth User: winescribbler
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3.50 5
12/21/2008

Peachy, apricot, honeysuckle but not in a sweet Gewurz-type way. Palate is lighter than the aroma would suggest and while similar flavours are present the palate is more limey, crisp and refreshing. Dry too. The acidity is the key here, forming the wine into a fine food wine. http://www.spittoon.biz/wine_matching_with_a_winter_sa.html


Snooth User: George Parkinson
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4.00 5
08/03/2009

color-pale yellow nose-citrus, mineral mouth-lemon/lime & tangerines finish - medium buy it share it drink it


Snooth User: r sprezzatura
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3.50 5
08/29/2010

Intriguing wine. Pale-yellow color that is quite aromatic- strong floral with lemon, orange, and flinty notes. The taste is lighter than you’d expect from the intense aromatic nose. The palate, dominated by citrus, is dry, slightly salty, and yet refreshing. The wine is well-balanced, finishing with crisp acidity.


Snooth User: Austinista
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3.00 5
10/12/2011

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Snooth User: ONUMello
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3.50 5
02/07/2010

Citrus (lemon/lime/orange) nose with hints of citrus/floral. These all continue on the palate, with the floral notes dominating the others. Overall quite good and refreshing, although my bottle has a bit of a funky finish.


Snooth User: Argovino
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3.00 5
05/04/2013

A tantalizing bouquet of orange blossom, fine herbs, and wood smoke gives way to touch of sweetness and a bitter if not altogether unpleasant finish. (AV 85, http://argovino.com/?p=159)


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External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Agrelo Nicolás Catena Zapata

External Review
05/19/2011

The 2007 Torrontes is fragrant with an attractive perfume of spring flowers, honey, and tropical fruits. On the palate it is dry, crisp, fresh, and well balanced; meant for drinking over the next 12-18 months. These are both excellent values.


External Review
05/19/2011

Nice and plump, with pink grapefruit, tangerine and persimmon notes and a rich, pure finish. A step up for the grape. Drink now.


External Review
05/19/2011

Medium yellow. Lemon and anise on the nose. Fairly rich but dry and serious, with fruit overshadowed by licorice and saline notes. Slightly aggressive on the finish.


External Review
09/12/2012

The 2008 Nicolas Catena Zapata is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc that spent 24 months in 100% new French oak followed by 24 months in bottle prior to release. It delivers an inviting bou... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from in Argentina. 2008 Bodegas Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Nicolas Catena Zapata 750ml


External Review
01/03/2013

Bright full ruby-red. Black fruits, violet, minerals and exotic oak on the nose. Painfully clenched and imploded today, with precise black fruit and violet flavors complicated by saline, mineral and oak notes. Dominated by its serious tannic struc... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from in Argentina. 2008 Catena Zapata, Bodegas Nicolas Catena Zapata 750ml


External Review
10/06/2009

Jancis Robinson: Torrontes characteristically has a particularly exotic grapey aroma with something floral about it. This example is all that but it is so rich aromatically that it almost smells like toffee. However there is so much racy tingling acidity on the palate that it could happily be served with strongly flavoured salads and pasta dishes although I think it would probably be best as an aperitif. Made from Torrontes grapes ripened in the clear mountain air and the light sandy soils round the Andean holiday town of Cafayate this wine has a very healthy acid/pH balance and an alcohol level of only 12.7%


External Review
01/03/2012

The 2007 Torrontes is fragrant with an attractive perfume of spring flowers, honey, and tropical fruits. On the palate it is dry, crisp, fresh, and well balanced; meant for drinking over the next 12ndash;18 months. These are both excellent values.


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Nicolas Catena Zapata 2008 has an intense dark violet color with bluish-black tones. Complex wine; Super-ripe aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice, enlivened by minerals, violet, pepper and herbs. Then penetrating, sharply delineated and impressively concentrated, with a serious backbone supporting its very fresh currant and mineral flavors; the vibrant, echoing finish suggests that this wine will have even more to say in a couple of years.

Nicolás Catena Zapata is made from a meticulous vine selection in the best lots of the Catena family’s estate vineyards. These Zapata vines are carefully hand tended and produce extremely low yields. The grapes are micro-fermented in new French oak barriques and the wine is then aged for 24 months in new French oak.

Aged 24 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.7
Sugar: 2.5 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter

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