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Bodega Catena Zapata Sémillon 2003

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Name: Nicolás Catena Zapata Varietal: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon; 28% Malbec Vintage: 2003 Vineyards: Cabernet: La Piramide Vineyard, Agrelo district, 3,100’ elevation. Domingo Vineyard, Villa Bastias district, 3,700’ elevation. Adrianna Vineyard, Gualtallary district, 4,550’ elevation. Malbec: Adrianna Vineyard, Gualtallary district, 4,725’ elevation Altamira Vineyard, Altamira district, 3,870’ elevation Harvest Date: Cabernet: La Piramide l Vineyard: March 26, 2003. Domingo Vineyard: March 28 2003. Adrianna Vineyard: April 6, 2003. Malbec: Adrianna Vineyard: April 26 2003. Altamira a Vineyard: April 20, 2003. Fermentation: Cabernet: La Piramide Vineyard: Max temp. 28° C, 30 day maceration. Domingo Vineyard: Max temp. 26° C, 28 day maceration. Adrianna Vineyard: Max temp. 30° C, 31 day maceration. Malbec: Adrianna Vineyard: Max temp. 30° C, 31 day maceration. Altamira Vineyard: Max temp. 29° C, 30 day maceration. Aging: 24 months in 100% new French oak Alcohol: 13.9% vol. Acidity/pH: 5.70/3.72 Fining/Filtration: Unfined/Unfiltered Production: 1,500 9 liter cases Tasting Notes 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. The Vineyards: The core Cabernet Sauvignon fruit component was sourced from Lot 3 of La Pirámide vineyard. With exceptional homogeneity and balance, these Cabernet Sauvignon grapes offer rich cassis flavors, supple texture and excellent structure. Two additional components of Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from Lot 2 of the Domingo Vineyard and Lot 5 of the Adrianna Vineyard. These high altitude, cool climate vineyards provide fruit with ripe red currant flavors, strong mineral tones and notes of eucalyptus and black pepper. The core Malbec fruit component was sourced from Lot 3 of the Adrianna Vineyard, the highest Malbec vineyard in Mendoza. This extremely cold, mountain microclimate produces exceptionally concentrated Malbec grapes with dark fruit flavors, perfumed violet aromas and well structured tannins. A second component is sourced from Lot 1 of the southerly located Altamira vineyard. Another cool area for Malbec, the fruit from this vineyard presents ripe cassis flavors and well balanced, racy acidity.

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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: absolut
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Name: Nicolás Catena Zapata Varietal: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon; 28% Malbec Vintage: 2003 Vineyards: Cabernet: La Piramide Vineyard, Agrelo district, 3,100’ elevation. Domingo Vineyard, Villa Bastias district, 3,700’ elevation. Adrianna Vineyard, Gualtallary district, 4,550’ elevation. Malbec: Adrianna Vineyard, Gualtallary district, 4,725’ elevation Altamira Vineyard, Altamira district, 3,870’ elevation Harvest Date: Cabernet: La Piramide l Vineyard: March 26, 2003. Domingo Vineyard: March 28 2003. Adrianna Vineyard: April 6, 2003. Malbec: Adrianna Vineyard: April 26 2003. Altamira a Vineyard: April 20, 2003. Fermentation: Cabernet: La Piramide Vineyard: Max temp. 28° C, 30 day maceration. Domingo Vineyard: Max temp. 26° C, 28 day maceration. Adrianna Vineyard: Max temp. 30° C, 31 day maceration. Malbec: Adrianna Vineyard: Max temp. 30° C, 31 day maceration. Altamira Vineyard: Max temp. 29° C, 30 day maceration. Aging: 24 months in 100% new French oak Alcohol: 13.9% vol. Acidity/pH: 5.70/3.72 Fining/Filtration: Unfined/Unfiltered Production: 1,500 9 liter cases Tasting Notes 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. The Vineyards: The core Cabernet Sauvignon fruit component was sourced from Lot 3 of La Pirámide vineyard. With exceptional homogeneity and balance, these Cabernet Sauvignon grapes offer rich cassis flavors, supple texture and excellent structure. Two additional components of Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from Lot 2 of the Domingo Vineyard and Lot 5 of the Adrianna Vineyard. These high altitude, cool climate vineyards provide fruit with ripe red currant flavors, strong mineral tones and notes of eucalyptus and black pepper. The core Malbec fruit component was sourced from Lot 3 of the Adrianna Vineyard, the highest Malbec vineyard in Mendoza. This extremely cold, mountain microclimate produces exceptionally concentrated Malbec grapes with dark fruit flavors, perfumed violet aromas and well structured tannins. A second component is sourced from Lot 1 of the southerly located Altamira vineyard. Another cool area for Malbec, the fruit from this vineyard presents ripe cassis flavors and well balanced, racy acidity.

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