Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Lunlunta Vineyard 2007

Member Review by barri0s1872:

a friend brought this over where it was 3/4ths of the way through and i'm just having a glass now: it's boring, light and not interesting at all. i can see what others are saying is there in the wine but perhaps a few hours of being opened doesn't help it any.

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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

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Snooth User: barri0s1872
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2.00 5
03/21/2010

a friend brought this over where it was 3/4ths of the way through and i'm just having a glass now: it's boring, light and not interesting at all. i can see what others are saying is there in the wine but perhaps a few hours of being opened doesn't help it any.


Snooth User: GoinGray
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3.50 5
11/01/2009

Berry and cedar scent. Dry, dark cherry. A little powdery.


Snooth User: kylewolf
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4.50 5
01/23/2010

Catena Zapata Malbec 2007- Color-shadowed Ruby Nose- Raw spiced sausage, dried flowers and vegetation with surprisingly little oak. Has this whisper of black olives. Taste- Good measured oak, sausage remains for the time but fades through the glass. Good spices that compliment but do not overpower. No harsh tannins. Heavy thick blackberry and ripe plum (but not jammy or sweet) brings this wine to a head. Just very well balanced with a finish that lasts and lasts but doesn't change when compared to the initial mouth feel. Score: 91


Snooth User: Middletucky
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4.00 5
02/14/2010

Amazing wine for the price.


Snooth User: AbottleAday
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3.00 5
12/03/2010

I was anxious to try this Malbec from Catena. It has garnered great reviews. I liked it, but there are so many great malbecs to try from the Mendoza area, so I haven't returned to Catena or cellared any...yet. It was a little too bright for me and I didn't think it had the smooth lengthy finish it is known for.


Snooth User: brinko99
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3.00 5
05/14/2010

Beautiful dark ripe fruits and oak on the nose. Great weight in the mouth, firm tannin but enjoyable now. Nice vanilla oak and reasonably long finish


Snooth User: Dybo70
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4.00 5
12/20/2010

Rich, dark color in the glass, not as strong on the nose or palate as I expected with an pleasant aroma of black cherry and mocha. This wine really opens up after 30-45 minutes of decanting.


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External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Lunlunta Vineyard

External Review
09/22/2010

The purple-colored 2007 Catena Malbec spent 12 months in 35% new French and American oak. The nose reveals balsam wood, vanilla, mocha, cassis, and black cherry. Plush on the palate, this medium-bodied Malbec has layered, spicy flavors, with a touch ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Malbec wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2007 Bodegas Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 750ml


External Review
11/21/2010

#69 on 2009 Top 100; A sleek, polished style, with alluring mocha and raspberry ganache notes leading the way, backed by dark plum, hoisin sauce and graphite flavors that push through the finish. This has serious weight, but stays focused and driven.... Wine Spectator. A Malbec wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2007 Bodegas Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 750ml


External Review
02/24/2010

Bodegas Catena Zapata Malbec 2007: Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (12 Monate), lagerfähig 7 - 10 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2007Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: MendozaWeingut: Bodegas CatenaRebsorte: 100% Malbec Restzucker: 1,75 g/LiterRestsäure: 5,25 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 13,5 % Rotwein


External Review
04/12/2011

91 Points - The Wine AdvocateThe aromatic array displays toasty black cherry, black raspberry and violet notes leading to a smooth-textured, layered, rich wine bordering on opulence. It manages to a


External Review
03/27/2011

1 x 375ML Half Bottle


External Review
10/15/2009

Rich and polished, with alluring fig, mocha, boysenberry, ganache and sweet spice notes that glide along creamy tannins and through the long, velvety finish.




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