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Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard 2001

Winemaker's Notes:

Reflecting the first vintage of a microclimate blended wine for the Catena Alta Malbec, this wine is 100% Malbec sourced from the sandy, clay soil of Lot 18 in the 70 year old Angélica vineyard and the sandy soil of Lot 3 in the Nicasia vineyard. The 2001 vintage in the Angélica and Nicasia vineyards experienced slightly warmer average temperatures during March, but with very cool nights, with average thermal amplitudes greater than the norm. The fruit from Angélica lent rich dark fruit flavors, a full yet soft mouthfeel and ripe, sweet tannins. The Malbec from Nicasia contributed delicate floral aromatics and spicy pepper notes on the finish. This vintage should be enjoyed in 4 to 5 years and will continue to improve over the following 10 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
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Member Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard

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Snooth User: pitufin
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07/23/2007

Tried a bottle after hearing a lot about it in Argentina. It is a very nice, full bodied wine. Amazing aroma and flavor.


External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Made in a modern style, this wine is ripe in its cranberry scents and firm, sweet tannins. Oak flavors carry all the way through the taste, balanced by the fresh black fruit of malbec. Decant for grilled sausages.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Though loaded with toast up front, this nonetheless displays lovely notes of boysenberry and raspberry confiture, followed by lush milk and dark chocolate flavors. The racy, long, detailed finish leaves a remarkably elegant impression. Drink now through 2006.



Tasting Notes:

The 2001 Catena Alta Malbec has a deep, dark purple color with violet tones. The nose is intense and complex, with ripe plum and blackberry fruit aromas with floral hints of violets and sweet spice. The mouthfeel is full, yet elegant with black cherry fruits and a touch of spicy black pepper. The finish is long and persistent, with soft, sweet tannins.

Reflecting the first vintage of a microclimate blended wine for the Catena Alta Malbec, this wine is 100% Malbec sourced from the sandy, clay soil of Lot 18 in the 70 year old Angélica vineyard and the sandy soil of Lot 3 in the Nicasia vineyard. The 2001 vintage in the Angélica and Nicasia vineyards experienced slightly warmer average temperatures during March, but with very cool nights, with average thermal amplitudes greater than the norm. The fruit from Angélica lent rich dark fruit flavors, a full yet soft mouthfeel and ripe, sweet tannins. The Malbec from Nicasia contributed delicate floral aromatics and spicy pepper notes on the finish. This vintage should be enjoyed in 4 to 5 years and will continue to improve over the following 10 years.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.22 grams per liter

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