Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2011

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Kräftiges Purpur. Aromatische, an Brombeeren und Heidelbeerkompott erinnernde Nase, begleitet durch Bourbonvanille und eine Spur Melasse. Sehr elegante Gaumenaromatik mit einem ausgezeichneten Trinkfluss, cabernettypisch an schwarze Beeren erinnernd, nun auch Cassis und etwas Gewürznelke, eine feine Kakao- und Tabaknote auch; die Tannine sind reif und gut integriert, kräftige Abgangsnote.

Region: Argentina » Mendoza

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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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

External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/24/2014

The 2011 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in the same manner as the Chardonnay. It has an attractive bouquet of red currant, blackberry and cassis that is well-defined. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins on the entry. This is a more reserved take on Cabernet with an Old World sensibility, but it has superb earthiness and an almost Bordeaux-like classicism on the finish. This is excellent. Drink now-2017. - Robert Parker 90 Points Mocha, game and spice lead off in this rich red, with ripe black cherry concentrate and cassis carrying the mineral-tinged finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases imported. –NW - Wine Spectator Magazine 88 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

The 2011 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in the same manner as the Chardonnay. It has an attractive bouquet of red currant, blackberry and cassis that is well-defined. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins on the entry. This is a more reserved take on Cabernet with an Old World sensibility, but it has superb earthiness and an almost Bordeaux-like classicism on the finish. This is excellent. Drink now-2017. - Robert Parker 90 PointsMocha, game and spice lead off in this rich red, with ripe black cherry concentrate and cassis carrying the mineral-tinged finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases imported. NW - Wine Spectator Magazine 88 Points


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
11/21/2012

Sattes, glänzendes Rubin. Brombeerkonfitüre und schwarze Kirschen in schöner Harmonie, auch Edelhölzer und etwas kubanischer Tabak. Weicher Auftakt von gutem Fluss, abgelöst von einer kräftigen Cabernet-Aromatik, die Aromatik der Nase bestätigt sich, leicht körnige Tanninstruktur; charaktervolles Finale, mit einer rassigen Frischenote unterlegt.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/27/2013

The 2011 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in the same manner as the Chardonnay. It has an attractive bouquet of red currant, blackberry and cassis that is well-defined. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins on the entry. This is a more reserved take on Cabernet with an Old World sensibility, but it has superb earthiness and an almost Bordeaux-like classicism on the finish. This is excellent. Drink now-2017. Mocha, game and spice lead off in this rich red, with ripe black cherry concentrate and cassis carrying the mineral-tinged finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases imported. -NW



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Kräftiges Purpur. Aromatische, an Brombeeren und Heidelbeerkompott erinnernde Nase, begleitet durch Bourbonvanille und eine Spur Melasse. Sehr elegante Gaumenaromatik mit einem ausgezeichneten Trinkfluss, cabernettypisch an schwarze Beeren erinnernd, nun auch Cassis und etwas Gewürznelke, eine feine Kakao- und Tabaknote auch; die Tannine sind reif und gut integriert, kräftige Abgangsnote.

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