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Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard 2004

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The 2004 Catena Alta Malbec shows a deep, saturated violet color with a blackish hue. The nose presents a wide array of dark berry fruits with notes of delicate violets flowers as well as sweet clove spices, a touch of cedar and leather. The mouthfeel is full and unctuous, with excellent weight and supple texture. The mid palate offers rich cassis and black currant fruit flavors interwoven with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. The lengthy finish shows wonderful minerality, with finely grained tannins and lively acidity. Name: Catena Alta Varietal: 100 % Malbec Vineyards: Lot 18, Angélica Vineyard, Lunlunta district, 2,850’ elevation Lot 4, La Piramide Vineyard, Agrelo district, 3,100’ elevation Lot 1, Altamira Vineyard, Altamira district, 3,870’ elevation Lot 9, Adrianna Vineyard, Gualtallary district, 4,600’ elevation Lot 3, Adrianna Vineyard, Gualtallary district, 4,725’ elevation Fermentation: Max. Temp. 27° C for an average 16 day fermentation and 30 day maceration. Aging: 18 months in French oak, 70% new Alcohol: 14 % vol Acidity/pH: 5.85/3.75 Fining/Filtration: Unfined/Unfiltered

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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: Marcol
24048291
3.50 5
10/11/2010

Prune


Snooth User: Dufur
4481041
5.00 5
03/04/2008

The low end Catena Malbec leave a little to be desired, but the Alta epitomizes everything we love about Malbec...except the low price. Stay away from French and enjoy the wonderful New World wines of Argentina. A sip of this wine will bring visions of galloping horses across the rolling pampas. A hard charging, yet deceptively smooth wine.


Snooth User: holtni
2132484
5.00 5
07/17/2009

true - great with steak. got hold of a few bottles cheap in the winedirect sale a few years back...tried one early 2008 and was a bit raw. One year on and the change is immense....properly integrated fruit decent acidity and silky mouthfeel....even my pregnant wife wanted more...thankfully she could only drink a glass!


Snooth User: Breno Tinoco
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3.50 5
04/19/2012

Three and a half 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 2004: Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (18 Monate), lagerfähig 7 - 10 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2004Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: MendozaWeingut: Bodegas CatenaRebsorte: 100% Malbec Restzucker: trockenRestsäure: 5,75 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.14 Rotwein



The 2004 Catena Alta Malbec shows a deep, saturated violet color with a blackish hue. The nose presents a wide array of dark berry fruits with notes of delicate violets flowers as well as sweet clove spices, a touch of cedar and leather. The mouthfeel is full and unctuous, with excellent weight and supple texture. The mid palate offers rich cassis and black currant fruit flavors interwoven with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. The lengthy finish shows wonderful minerality, with finely grained tannins and lively acidity. Name: Catena Alta Varietal: 100 % Malbec Vineyards: Lot 18, Angélica Vineyard, Lunlunta district, 2,850’ elevation Lot 4, La Piramide Vineyard, Agrelo district, 3,100’ elevation Lot 1, Altamira Vineyard, Altamira district, 3,870’ elevation Lot 9, Adrianna Vineyard, Gualtallary district, 4,600’ elevation Lot 3, Adrianna Vineyard, Gualtallary district, 4,725’ elevation Fermentation: Max. Temp. 27° C for an average 16 day fermentation and 30 day maceration. Aging: 18 months in French oak, 70% new Alcohol: 14 % vol Acidity/pH: 5.85/3.75 Fining/Filtration: Unfined/Unfiltered

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.85 grams per liter

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