Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Catena 2007

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90 points Jay Miller (Wine Advocate): A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays an enticing nose of wood smoke, eucalyptus, tobacco, cassis, and black currant. Medium-bodied and elegant, it has intense red and black fruit flavors, good integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, excellent depth, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 2-3 years but can be enjoyed now. (Aug 2009)

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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 Catena

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
10/25/2010

loads of berry fruit, candied like and fruit forward on the palate combined with hints of spices, red currants flavors and milk chocolate finish


Snooth User: enotheque
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3.00 5
11/02/2010

Even if not in my favorite style, this is the type of thing that put Lujan de cuyo and by extension, Argentina on the map in the first place. I like the lovely cedar and blackberry fruit, as well as the concentration and balance. Again, it's a very good Cabernet and it's important to try something like this before moving on to a more progressive style that doesn't try obsessively to emulate the medoc.


Snooth User: odegrivel
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3.00 5
03/04/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Catena

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/15/2011

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon spent 12 months in 85% French oak, 30% new, and 15% new American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays an enticing nose of wood smoke, eucalyptus, tobacco, cassis, and black currant. Medium-bodied and elega... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2007 Bodegas Catena Zapata Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/10/2011

Kräftiges Rubinrot, fast purpurn. Fein parfümiertes Bouquet im schwarzbeerigen Bereich, untermalt von etwas Unterholznoten und viel dunkler Schokolade. Mundfüllend und von einer guten Fruchtsüsse geprägter Gaumen, Brombeeren und Heidelbeeren, auch etwas Baumnuss und Tabaknoten; sanfte, saftige Tanninstruktur, gut konzentriertes, erfrischendes Finale.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/21/2010

Purpurrot. Einladende Nase von Brombeermarmelade, Cassis und einem Hauch Süssholz, im Verbund mit pfeffrigen Noten und etwas Zedernholz. Bemerkenswerte Gaumenaromaritik mit viel schwarzer Beerenfrucht, auch Baumnuss und etwas Eucalyptus, exzellente Tannine; ein dichter und komplexer Cabernet mit unheimlich viel Charme.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/04/2010

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2007 Bodegas Catena Zapata Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


External Review
04/04/2011

The Catena Cabernet Sauvignon presents a dark purple color with tones of garnet. The nose offers intense aromas of ripe black currant fruit with layers of eastern spice, cedar, and a touch of fresh herbs. The mouthfeel is full and rich with layers of cassis and notes of roasted espresso and graphite. The finish is bright and fresh with finely grained tannins.


External Review
01/04/2012

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon spent nine months in French and American oak. Purple-colored, it reveals aromas of cedar, spice box, cassis, and black currant. On the palate it is medium-bodied with ample savory fruit, good depth, and a medium-long finish. Drink it over the next 2ndash;3 years.


External Review
01/04/2012

Good medium ruby-red. Pure, varietally precise aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate and licorice. Fairly broad and pliant but not overly sweet, offering flavors of raspberry, licorice, herbs and menthol. Showing a bit more structure than the Alamos merlot if not quite the same sweetness.



90 points Jay Miller (Wine Advocate): A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays an enticing nose of wood smoke, eucalyptus, tobacco, cassis, and black currant. Medium-bodied and elegant, it has intense red and black fruit flavors, good integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, excellent depth, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 2-3 years but can be enjoyed now. (Aug 2009)

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