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Bodega Catena Zapata Pinot Noir Alamos 2009

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When the seriously talented Nicolaacute;s Catena, founder and owner of Catena Zapata and Alamos, started to produce Pinot Noir (not the first thing one thinks of when one thinks of Argentina), we were very excited. What Catena has done with Andean Chardonnay and Malbec is nothing short of extraordinary. Well, he has provided wine lovers with not only an exceptionally ripe, dense and velvety Pinot Noir, but an almost unbelievable value considering the notorious difficulties that this grape can pose.

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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 Pinot Noir Alamos

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Snooth User: Kimberly H
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/13/2009

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: TGillette
646392
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/10/2008

When I first smelled the cork I was reminded of an apple cider press. The first taste was very rich and had a smooth finish. While this wine would happily go with a meal, it was great on its own, or in my case with a cut up peach that complemented its cider and berry flavors nicely. I felt this pinot noir struck the sweet/dry balance beautifully.


Snooth User: SelenaK
3256242
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/09/2008

The flavor is so rich and layered. You can definitely taste the raspberry and the plum and the finish is just as clean as noted. Absolutely my favorite Pinot Noir.


External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Pinot Noir Alamos

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Vintage: 2002 02/24/2012

When the seriously talented Nicolaacute;s Catena, founder and owner of Catena Zapata and Alamos, started to produce Pinot Noir (not the first thing one thinks of when one thinks of Argentina), we were very excited. What Catena has done with Andean Chardonnay and Malbec is nothing short of extraordinary. Well, he has provided wine lovers with not only an exceptionally ripe, dense and velvety Pinot Noir, but an almost unbelievable value considering the notorious difficulties that this grape can pose.


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Vintage: 2002 02/24/2012

Comes from the cooler Tupungato area, and shows a rooty, spicy, berry nose along with good color. the palate offers some true Pinot character, a bit of pepper and some leather before turning thin. Finishes light, with a hint of chocolate.



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