Bodega Catena Zapata Red Bordeaux Blend Nicolás Catena Zapata 2003
This is a medium-fuller bodied Cabernet that focuses on fruit purity, riper black currant and black berry characteristics, with a touch of sweet earth, tobacco leaf and spice nuances running faintly underneath the vibrant fruit notes aromatically. The palate has a seamless texture, playing more towards elegance than shear power, offering outstanding fruit concentration, intensely flavored, with ripe black fruit flavors and backed by balanced, ripe tannins. This has good complexity and exceptional length, with well managed wood interplay that really lets the high quality fruit come to the forefront. Only around 1,100 cases of this beauty were made.
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Dense yet supple, with gorgeous blackberry, raspberry and plum skin notes revealing layers of wild sage, cured olive, espresso and spice. Harmonious, with fine tannins adding grip, as the fruit sails on the mocha-tinged finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2014.
The flagship, the 2007 Nicolas Catena Zapata, a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It delivers an enthralling aromatic array of pain grille, pencil lead, mineral, espresso, mocha, incense, lavender, black currant, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a full-bodied, powerful yet elegant effort with great depth and volume, precision balance, and a voluptuous personality (a D-cup of a wine). It conceals plenty of structure and will effortlessly evolve for 6-8 years, drinking well through 2032 if not longer. Catena Zapata's newest releases continue the high standards established by this Bodegas virtually from its onset, a tribute to Nicolas Catena who continues to oversee his empire.
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The 2003 Growing Season: The 2003 vintage was exceptionally dry, even for the desert climate of Mendoza. The temperature profile was right at the historic norm for the season, while the last two months before harvest saw the onset of colder nighttime conditions. This increase in thermal amplitude meant that the vines expended less energy than usual at night, energy which was then available to be used in the ripening process.
Aged 24 months in French Oak.
|Alcohol: 13.9%||pH: 3.72|
|Total Acidity: 5.7 grams per liter|