Catena Alta Malbec 2010

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Jeden z nejlepších a nejluxusnějších Malbeců Argentiny! Je vyroben z 90% z odrůdy Malbec a z 10% z odrůdy Cabernet Sauvignon, hrozny byly vypěstovány na Angelica Vineyards. Tyto vinice jsou ty nejlepší a nejideálnější, které Nicolás Zapata pro pěstování této odrůdy vlastní. Catena Alta Malbec je víno tmavě fialové barvy s vůní zralých ostružin a vanilky. Je to plné, kulaté víno, které do Vás vstoupí jemně a v závěru zanechá dlouhotrvající sladkou a ...

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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

External Reviews for Catena Alta Malbec

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

Deep red. Classy, Medoc-like aromas of smoky currant, licorice, flowers and graphite. Intensely flavored and rather powerful, with a strong acid spine currently keeping the dark berry and saline flavors under wraps. Finishes with building tannins that will require patience. This represents a blend of four different vineyards, including a high percentage from Altamira and Nicasia.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

The 2010 Catena Alta Malbec is composed with fruit from Angelica, La Piramide, Nicasia and Adrianna and there was about 30–40% whole-cluster fermentation with a pinch of Viognier and Cabernet Franc. As with many others, the fruit from four different vineyards created different lots from different stages of harvests and different fermentation methods. A pure exercise of blending a selection of available wines from this painstaking working method. It feels riper than the Alta Cabernet, quite dark, with aromas of ripe plums, blackberries and a touch of spices, but with air the nose comes back with a strong violet note. It is medium-bodied, with good acidity, clean and pungent flavors, ending long and supple. Excellent. Drink 2014–2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/28/2014

Ripened to a decadent richness, this is focused on sweet black fruit flavor and exotic spicy aromas. It feels huge, with a concentration of black cherry fruit, its syrup-like texture tamed by acidity. Blended from several vineyards in the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo, this is finely crafted in an international style.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
10/31/2013

Shows a saturated dark violet color. The nose offers freshly ground, ripe berry fruits with layers of wild flowers, mocha and tobacco. The mouthfeel is full with excellent weight and concentration with a soft and silky texture. The mid palate offers rich cassis and black currant fruit flavors interwoven with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. It finishes with a wonderful minerality, finely grained tannins and lively acidity.



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Jeden z nejlepších a nejluxusnějších Malbeců Argentiny! Je vyroben z 90% z odrůdy Malbec a z 10% z odrůdy Cabernet Sauvignon, hrozny byly vypěstovány na Angelica Vineyards. Tyto vinice jsou ty nejlepší a nejideálnější, které Nicolás Zapata pro pěstování této odrůdy vlastní. Catena Alta Malbec je víno tmavě fialové barvy s vůní zralých ostružin a vanilky. Je to plné, kulaté víno, které do Vás vstoupí jemně a v závěru zanechá dlouhotrvající sladkou a ...

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