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Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Catena 2002

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The 2002 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon comes from three very distinct vineyard lots. Lot 3 of the La Pirámide vineyard presents exceptional homogeneity and balance in the vineyard, producing fruit with rich cassis aromas and flavors together with notes of tobacco and very soft, sweet tannins. Lot 2 of the Domingo vineyard is planted with clone 7 and the Mount Eden clone. Clone 7 in this vineyard site offers an expression of ripe concentrated red berry fruit and finely grained tannic structure. The Mount Eden clone has a very aromatic profile with elements of eucalyptus and mint interwoven with spicy black pepper notes. The high altitude vineyard site of Adrianna provides deep violet color, and excellent core of black cherries with floral notes and excellent structure. José Galante, Winemaker

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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

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12/17/2007

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The 2002 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon comes from three very distinct vineyard lots. Lot 3 of the La Pirámide vineyard presents exceptional homogeneity and balance in the vineyard, producing fruit with rich cassis aromas and flavors together with notes of tobacco and very soft, sweet tannins. Lot 2 of the Domingo vineyard is planted with clone 7 and the Mount Eden clone. Clone 7 in this vineyard site offers an expression of ripe concentrated red berry fruit and finely grained tannic structure. The Mount Eden clone has a very aromatic profile with elements of eucalyptus and mint interwoven with spicy black pepper notes. The high altitude vineyard site of Adrianna provides deep violet color, and excellent core of black cherries with floral notes and excellent structure. José Galante, Winemaker

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Total Acidity: 5.85 grams per liter

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