Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard 2006

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Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from Lot 18 of the Angélica vineyard, located in Lunlunta (2,850’ elevation), Lot 4 fro...

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  • RP: 93

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Though closed at first pouring, this wine soon becomes aromatically beautiful with a wonderful, heady nose, full of sweet floral scents that jump f... Read more

Though closed at first pouring, this wine soon becomes aromatically beautiful with a wonderful, heady nose, full of sweet floral scents that jump f... Read more

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

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Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
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: Wine Fire
577933841
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.


External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard

External Review
09/27/2011

Ripe, juicy cherry flavors build the center of this wine, surrounded by notes of leather and a light touch of violets. It's medium in body, balanced toward sweetness, yet the potent tannins need something meaty to soften them up. Try it with a ribeye.


External Review
04/22/2010

Tiefes Violett. Warmes Malbec-Bouquet, schwarze Kirschen, ein Hauch Zimt und feine Kräuternoten offenbarend, auch etwas lederne Noten. Heidelbeeren und Brombeeren im Gaumen, unterstützt von einer feinen Süssholznote, auch Gewürznelken, feiner Schmelz und ausgesprochen voluminös, nach und nach die gut integrierten Barriquenoten zeigend, samtweiche Tannine bis zum saftigen Finale.


External Review
09/27/2011

Let this wine breathe in a decanter to discover its charm, its old-vine character expressed in deep minerality and sweet, enhancing dark cherry flavor. Its texture is round, yet firm and vibrant thanks to the balance of tannins and acidity. It is approachable now, but its concentration and freshness bode well for the future.


External Review
09/27/2011

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
09/27/2011

Though Catena has gained prominence through Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet, is it with Argentina's grape, Malbec, that the winery really shines. This vineyard selection has a clarity of fruit rarely encountered in the soft, generous wine Malbec typically makes, its ripe fruit read in bell tones of cassis shot through licorice-laced plum. It is voluptuous, especially if paired with a dark chocolate cake, but don't let it fool you; behind that rich velvet texture is a foundation of tannin that will see this wine well into the coming decade.


External Review
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
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.


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624949 Snooth User: Chamuyo
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3.50 5
10/29/2010

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11/16/2010

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12/15/2009

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.

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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Chemical Analysis:

Total Acidity: 5.57 grams per liter

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