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Catena Alta Malbec 2014

Member Review by jweaving:

Fleshy with raspberry and blackberry, and a light oak and spice. Drink it now, but let it breathe... By far, my FAVORITE from Bodega Catena Zapata!

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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: jweaving
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/23/2012

Fleshy with raspberry and blackberry, and a light oak and spice. Drink it now, but let it breathe... By far, my FAVORITE from Bodega Catena Zapata!


Snooth User: Wine Fire
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 12/14/2010

Though closed at first pouring, this wine soon becomes aromatically beautiful with a wonderful, heady nose, full of sweet floral scents that jump from the glass and evolve over time, sustaining interest and showing great complexity, adding notes of sour plum, white ginger, anise, coffee, tobacco, cut grass, rubber and chocolate to lilac, jasmine and other tropical aromas. This is an excellent example of the nose of a wine being more beautiful than the palate. Once open, the nose remains delightful and interesting over at least three or four hours. The palate also opens fairly tight and closed before launching into sour plums, pomegranate, persimmon, blackberry and other dark fruits, with a tart and peppery, but short, finish. Over time, add herbaceous, earthy and spicy layers, including cut grass, flowers, wood, dirt and minerals, and the palate becomes thicker and deeper, though tastes seem to have been boiled down, or over-brewed with too many tea bags, in a rubber container. The palate becomes a little more pleasant after each glass breathes, but the joy of this wine is in the nose.


Snooth User: jenluxy
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/22/2011

Smells great but taste is a bit dry and the spice and woodiness is a bit strong for me


Snooth User: Ontario Wine
9358713
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/15/2009

Tasted Dec/09 after decanting 4 hours. Great wine. Amazing depth of flavor, capable of aging many years.


Snooth User: Waykuhl
2773624
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/06/2010

had this vintage at Gaucho grill in Picadilly in November. decanted only for about 30 minutes, with an extra hour or two could have been near perfect. Nose of cherry, blackberry and tropicals. Mid palate carries very well balanced acidity and tannins. Finish is medium length and introduces cigar box, cinnamon and spices.


Snooth User: Mavalina
19754480
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/16/2010

Five glasses


Snooth User: rachel27
4551867
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 09/18/2008

Had this wine with some tapas and it was amazing. Mouth coating smokiness with a lingering finish and great tannins. One of the best malbecs I've tried.


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External Reviews for Catena Alta Malbec

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Vintage: 2010 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.


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Vintage: 2010 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
Vintage: 2010 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
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2013

The 2009 Alta Catena Malbec comes from the Angelica, La Piramide, Nicasia and Adrianna Vineyards and undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrel, then is aged in French oak, 50% new, for 18 months. It offers a gorgeous, pure, floral bouquet with ripe pomegranate and wild strawberry imbued with superb minerality and delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a tense, almost broody entry. It is a classic Malbec, one you might almost think came from the Old World, underpinned by great structure and a sense of masculinity. Yet it is superbly balanced with plenty of ripe, earthy black fruit laced with tar and tobacco towards the long, rather aristocratic finish. Excellent. Drink 2014andndash;2025.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 04/18/2013

The 2009 Alta Catena Malbec comes from the Angelica, La Piramide, Nicasia and Adrianna Vineyards and undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrel, then is aged in French oak, 50% new, for 18 months. It offers a gorgeous, pure, floral bouquet with ripe pomegranate and wild strawberry imbued with superb minerality and delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a tense, almost broody entry. It is a classic Malbec, one you might almost think came from the Old World, underpinned by great structure and a sense of masculinity. Yet it is superbly balanced with plenty of ripe, earthy black fruit laced with tar and tobacco towards the long, rather aristocratic finish. Excellent. Drink 2014–2025.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 12/07/2012

Good ruby-red. Laid-back aromas of blackberry, musky coffee and licorice, with a violet note emerging with air. Superconcentrated and sweet, but with firm balancing acidity and a mineral pungency giving the wine excellent thrust. Very deep malbec with broad, smooth tannins and serious length.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 02/13/2013

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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