Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Alta 2001

Winemaker's Notes:

Reflecting the first vintage of a microclimate blended wine, this Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the lime, clay soil of Lot 3 in the La Pirámide vineyard and the sandy, lime soil of Lot 3 in the Domingo vineyard. The 2001 vintage was characterized by slightly cooler than average temperatures during the day, with average March highs about 0.5° C lower than normal in La Pirámide resulting in fresh ripe cassis flavors and complex aromatics. In Domingo, the March conditions were slightly warmer than usual, with average temperatures about 1° C higher than usual, lending touches of roasted green pepper and eucalyptus to the final blend. This vintage should be enjoyed in 4 to 6 years and will continue to improve over the following 12 years.

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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

Tasting Notes:

The 2001 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon is presents a deep ruby red color with light violet tones. The nose is focused and intense, offering aromas of ripe black currants and cassis fruits with a touch of vanilla and sweet spice. The mouthfeel is full, yet soft with flavors of ripe red berry fruits and notes of eucalyptus and black pepper. The finish is well structured and persistent, with finely grained tannins that are soft and sweet on the palate. José Galante, Winemaker

Reflecting the first vintage of a microclimate blended wine, this Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the lime, clay soil of Lot 3 in the La Pirámide vineyard and the sandy, lime soil of Lot 3 in the Domingo vineyard. The 2001 vintage was characterized by slightly cooler than average temperatures during the day, with average March highs about 0.5° C lower than normal in La Pirámide resulting in fresh ripe cassis flavors and complex aromatics. In Domingo, the March conditions were slightly warmer than usual, with average temperatures about 1° C higher than usual, lending touches of roasted green pepper and eucalyptus to the final blend. This vintage should be enjoyed in 4 to 6 years and will continue to improve over the following 12 years.

Aged 15 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.6
Total Acidity: 6.15 grams per liter

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