Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alta Angelica Vineyard 2006
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.
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.
Smells great but taste is a bit dry and the spice and woodiness is a bit strong for me
Tasted Dec/09 after decanting 4 hours. Great wine. Amazing depth of flavor, capable of aging many years.
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
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.
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.
Bright, dark ruby-red. Quite tight and inexpressive on the nose, hinting at black fruits. Then tough, powerful and a bit chunky in the mouth, with a slightly stunted medicinal character. But this has plenty of fat and richness. The substantial,slightly dry-edged tannins call for a couple years of patience.
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.
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.
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.
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.