Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from Lot 18 of the Angélica vineyard, located in Lunlunta (2,850’ elevation), Lot 4 from the La Pirámide vineyard, located in Agrelo (3,100’ elevation), Lot 2 from the La Consulta vineyard, located in La Consulta (3,000’ elevation), and Lots 3 & 9 from the Adrianna vineyard, located in Gualtallary (4,725’ & 4,600’ elevations). This wine undergoes a demanding selection process in both the vineyard and the winery. The 2005 Catena Alta Malbec presents a dark, opaque violet color, almost blackish in hue. The nose offers freshly ground, ripe berry fruits with layers of wild flowers, cinnamon spice, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and coating, with exceptional weight and concentration but with a soft, 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. 93 points from Robert Parker.

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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: Wine Fire
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3.50 5
12/14/2010

Though closed at first pouring, this wine soon becomes aromatically beautiful with a wonderful, heady nose, full of sweet floral scents that jump from the glass and evolve over time, sustaining interest and showing great complexity, adding notes of sour plum, white ginger, anise, coffee, tobacco, cut grass, rubber and chocolate to lilac, jasmine and other tropical aromas. This is an excellent example of the nose of a wine being more beautiful than the palate. Once open, the nose remains delightful and interesting over at least three or four hours. The palate also opens fairly tight and closed before launching into sour plums, pomegranate, persimmon, blackberry and other dark fruits, with a tart and peppery, but short, finish. Over time, add herbaceous, earthy and spicy layers, including cut grass, flowers, wood, dirt and minerals, and the palate becomes thicker and deeper, though tastes seem to have been boiled down, or over-brewed with too many tea bags, in a rubber container. The palate becomes a little more pleasant after each glass breathes, but the joy of this wine is in the nose.


Snooth User: jenluxy
59131060
3.00 5
03/22/2011

Smells great but taste is a bit dry and the spice and woodiness is a bit strong for me


Snooth User: Ontario Wine
9358713
4.00 5
12/15/2009

Tasted Dec/09 after decanting 4 hours. Great wine. Amazing depth of flavor, capable of aging many years.


Snooth User: Waykuhl
2773624
4.00 5
02/06/2010

had this vintage at Gaucho grill in Picadilly in November. decanted only for about 30 minutes, with an extra hour or two could have been near perfect. Nose of cherry, blackberry and tropicals. Mid palate carries very well balanced acidity and tannins. Finish is medium length and introduces cigar box, cinnamon and spices.


Snooth User: Mavalina
19754480
5.00 5
11/16/2010

Five glasses


External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Bright ruby-red. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry, coffee, smoke and red licorice, with a slightly high-toned briary quality. Then sweet, dense and superripe, with a creamy, seamless texture and impressive depth to the middle palate. Liqueur-like yet not at all heavy. Finishes with substantial chewy tannins and noteworthy length.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2005 Alta Malbec was aged for 18 months in 70% new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. The nicely perfumed bouquet reveals wood smoke, cedar, leather, black cherry, and black raspberry. On the palate it is suave, layered and richly fruity, with lots of spice notes and well integrated oak, tannin, and acidity. It will evolve for 3-5 years and be at its best from 2011 to 2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Very concentrated, with dark fig and currant paste notes, but it's also pure and driven, with intense mocha, bittersweet cocoa and melted licorice notes that stretch out the long, polished finish. Really gorgeous for its density and mouthfeel. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2006 Alta Malbec was sourced from small lots in several estate vineyards. It spent 18 months in 70% new French oak. Dark purple-colored, it displays a splendid nose of wild flowers, spice box, incense, black cherry and plum. This leads to an elegant, medium-bodied rendition of Malbec with a velvety texture, superb depth and concentration, succulent flavors with notes of chocolate and black pepper making an appearance, and a pure, silky finish. While it will continue to blossom for several more years, it can be enjoyed now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Impressive and saturated, with ripe aromas. The mouth is focused and, generally speaking, quite rewarding. The blackberry and dark plum flavors are big and aggressive.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

There's no drop-off in this wine from the excellent 2005. Expect blackberry, cassis and dry balsam wood/cedar aromas. The palate is lush and chewy, but also vital and lively. Toasty, dark berry flavors get a softening of vanilla on the finish. A winner to drink now through 2013.


External Review
05/19/2010

Zapata Malbec Alta 2006 - Bodegas Catena: Zapata Malbec Alta 2006 - Rotwein von Bodegas CatenaZu welcher Eleganz Malbec fähig ist, zeigt dieser Bodegas Catena Zapata Malbec Alta 2006. Sein Geheimnis verbirgt sich in der Auswahl erstklassiger Parzellen von vier verschiedenen Weinbergen. Zusammen ergeben sie einen hochkarätigen Malbec, den seine frische Frucht, das sehr feine Tannin und die atemberaubende Struktur kennzeichnen. Wir empfehlen ihn zu pikanten Vorspeisen, gegrilltem Fleisch, gebratenem Rindersteak und mittelreifem Käse.Weingut: Bodegas CatenaLand: ArgentinienRegion: MendozaRebsorte: 100% MalbecInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 14,0 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 5,5 g/lRestsüße: 5,5 g/lEmpfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16 - 18 °CFassreife: Barriques gereift (18 Monate)Lagerfähigkeit: 7 - 10 Jahre ab Jahrgang Rotwein > Argentinien > Mendoza


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Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from Lot 18 of the Angélica vineyard, located in Lunlunta (2,850’ elevation), Lot 4 from the La Pirámide vineyard, located in Agrelo (3,100’ elevation), Lot 2 from the La Consulta vineyard, located in La Consulta (3,000’ elevation), and Lots 3 & 9 from the Adrianna vineyard, located in Gualtallary (4,725’ & 4,600’ elevations). This wine undergoes a demanding selection process in both the vineyard and the winery. The 2005 Catena Alta Malbec presents a dark, opaque violet color, almost blackish in hue. The nose offers freshly ground, ripe berry fruits with layers of wild flowers, cinnamon spice, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and coating, with exceptional weight and concentration but with a soft, 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. 93 points from Robert Parker.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.57 grams per liter

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