Bodega Catena Zapata Red Bordeaux Blend Nicolás Catena Zapata 2001

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Highly Recommended.Dense, with roasted cocoa bean, bittersweet chocolate, black currant and blackberry flavors, and a...

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Winemaker's Notes:

Highly Recommended.Dense, with roasted cocoa bean, bittersweet chocolate, black currant and blackberry flavors, and a long, powerful finish held together by tongue-pounding tannins. Well-defined now, this should get better in the medium term. The 2001 Nicolás Catena Zapata presents a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. In its youth, the rich, concentrated, primary fruit flavors typical of high altitude Argentine Malbec will predominate. However, as the wine ages, the Cabernet Sauvignon element will gain prominence, lending increasing complexity to the wine with long term cellaring. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Malbec. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from the lime, clay soil of Lot 3 in the La Pirámide vineyard and the sandy, lime soil of Lot 3 in the Domingo vineyard. Cooler than usual March temperatures in La Pirámide lent complexity and structure to the fruit while warmer than normal March temperatures in Domingo offered generous yet concentrated cassis fruit flavors and aromas. The Malbec fruit was sourced from the sand based soil of Lot 9 from the Adrianna vineyard. The warmer March temperatures in Adrianna displayed excellent color and a silky texture in the Malbec grapes. This vintage should be enjoyed in 5 to 6 years and will continue to improve over the following 12 to 14 years.

Highly Recommended.Dense, with roasted cocoa bean, bittersweet chocolate, black currant and blackberry flavors, and a long, powerful finish held together by tongue-pounding tannins. Well-defined now, this should get better in the medium term. The 2001 Nicolás Catena Zapata presents a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. In its youth, the rich, concentrated, primary fruit flavors typical of high altitude Argentine Malbec will predominate. However, as the wine ages, the Cabernet Sauvignon element will gain prominence, lending increasing complexity to the wine with long term cellaring. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Malbec. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from the lime, clay soil of Lot 3 in the La Pirámide vineyard and the sandy, lime soil of Lot 3 in the Domingo vineyard. Cooler than usual March temperatures in La Pirámide lent complexity and structure to the fruit while warmer than normal March temperatures in Domingo offered generous yet concentrated cassis fruit flavors and aromas. The Malbec fruit was sourced from the sand based soil of Lot 9 from the Adrianna vineyard. The warmer March temperatures in Adrianna displayed excellent color and a silky texture in the Malbec grapes. This vintage should be enjoyed in 5 to 6 years and will continue to improve over the following 12 to 14 years.

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Aged 18 months in French Oak.

Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.65
Total Acidity: 5.55 grams per liter

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