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The 1997 Nicolás Catena represents the culmination of a life long pursuit by a visionary wine producer to create wines in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza, Argentina which could stand with the best the world had to offer. This wine will only be produced in exceptional vintage years and will represent the very best that Nicolás Catena and his team can produce. The 1997 Nicolás Catena Zapata has a deep, dark reddish purple color. The nose is complete with intense aromas of ripe cassis, plum and black currant fruit seamlessly interlaced with notes of toast and tobacco. The mouthfeel is soft and full with concentrated flavors of ripe red fruits in excellent harmony with hints of cedar and toast from aging in small oak barrels. The wine has a long, persistent finish with ripe, sweet tannins. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from the lime, clay soil of Lot 3 in the La Pirámide vineyard. In 1997, these vines enjoyed exceptionally high thermal amplitude, averaging 14.0° C, during the important ripening month of March. The very cool nights allowed the grapes to finish their ripening very slowly, resulting in intense aromatics and excellent complexity. The Malbec fruit was sourced from the sandy, clay soil of Lot 18 in the Angélica vineyard. Here the vines saw slightly warmer than usual sunny days in March, with the average temperature at 21.1° C, lending heightened concentration and a rich, yet soft texture. This vintage can be enjoyed now and will continue to improve over the next 7 to 9 years.
Aged 22 months in French Oak.
|Alcohol: 14.4%||pH: 3.45|
|Total Acidity: 5.77 grams per liter|
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