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Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard 2003

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100% Malbec sourced from the sandy soils of the Adrianna vineyard, the sandy, clay soil of Lot 18 in the 70 year old Angélica vineyard, and the sandy soils of Lot 1 in the La Consulta vineyard. The Adrianna vineyard saw slightly warmer March temperatures, with averages about 2° C above normal, resulting in excellent color and aromatic structure. The Angélica vineyard also experienced warmer than usual temperatures, with March averages some 2.3° C above normal, offering a generous texture and soft, silky finish. In La Consulta the warm conditions, with March averages 1.8° C above normal, lent a rich sweetness on the mid palate. This vintage should be enjoyed in 6 to 7 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

Member Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard

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Snooth User: clintob
6293215
4.00 5
07/30/2007

beuatiful malbec... fruity, but still bold and spicy


Snooth User: duffwine
3697452
5.00 5
05/22/2008

Tasted in May 2008 (in Buenos Aires), this wine is elegant, with finely-tuned tannins, beautiful fruit and even some secondary flavors, as well as a good amount of spice and vanilla influence from oak. Balanced alcohol and a touch of acidity imply this wine will last for quite a while.


Snooth User: TikiPhil
701199
5.00 5
05/02/2008

Simply the best Malbec I have ever tried. Unfortunately, I have been unable to get in in the U.S. I enjoyed it in Argentina and broungt a bottle back with me from Buenos Aires. Really, really good.


Snooth User: Piccolo73
373270
4.00 5
01/03/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard

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Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/24/2010

Bodegas Catena Zapata Malbec Alta 2003: empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, lagerfähig 5 - 7 Jahre ab Jahrgang, in Barriques gereift (12 Monate)Jahrgang: 2003Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: MendozaWeingut: Bodegas CatenaRebsorte: 100 % Malbec Restzucker: trockenRestsäure: 5,25 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein



100% Malbec sourced from the sandy soils of the Adrianna vineyard, the sandy, clay soil of Lot 18 in the 70 year old Angélica vineyard, and the sandy soils of Lot 1 in the La Consulta vineyard. The Adrianna vineyard saw slightly warmer March temperatures, with averages about 2° C above normal, resulting in excellent color and aromatic structure. The Angélica vineyard also experienced warmer than usual temperatures, with March averages some 2.3° C above normal, offering a generous texture and soft, silky finish. In La Consulta the warm conditions, with March averages 1.8° C above normal, lent a rich sweetness on the mid palate. This vintage should be enjoyed in 6 to 7 years and will continue to improve over the following 12 years.

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Total Acidity: 5.38 grams per liter

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