Nicolas Catena Zapata 2007

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Saturated dark violet color; thick aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice, enlivened by minerals, violet...

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Vine and Table
Carmel, IN (470 mi)
USD 112.99
750ml
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Wine.com (NY)
San Francisco, NY (2,500 mi)
USD 129.00
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The profound violet color screams “mostly cabernet sauvignon,” but somehow this blends manages to taste lighter and more of malbec. There is plenty... Read more

The flagship, the 2007 Nicolas Catena Zapata, a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It de... Read more

Dark, rich and polished, showing layers of sweet dark cherry, plum and currant fruit, with bacony toast, dark licorice and molten chocolate notes. ... Read more

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Snooth User: Argovino
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4.00 5
05/04/2013

The profound violet color screams “mostly cabernet sauvignon,” but somehow this blends manages to taste lighter and more of malbec. There is plenty of structure bearing a variety of red berry flavors tinged with ginger; one just feels it could be deeper, more concentrated, and more satisfying – especially for the price. (AV 89, http://argovino.com/?p=1025)


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External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

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 Zapataandrsquo;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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Dark, rich and polished, showing layers of sweet dark cherry, plum and currant fruit, with bacony toast, dark licorice and molten chocolate notes. The plush, exotic finish lets fig sauce and mocha notes linger. Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


Winemaker's Notes:

Nicolás Catena Zapata is made from a selection of the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec in the Catena Zapata Vineyards. The first Nicolás Catena Zapata was made in 1997, a phenomenal Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in Mendoza. The 1997 Nicolás Catena Zapata was released in 2000 through a series of blind tastings held in the USA and Europe where it was compared blind to Chateau Latour, Haut Brion, Solaia, Caymus and Opus One. The Nicolás Catena Zapata 1997 came in either first or second in every tasting. This wine is only produced in outstanding vintage years. The 2006 Catena Zapata is rated 97 by Robert Parker with the comment: "The 2006 Nicolas Catena Zapata is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Malbec and spent 26 months in new French oak. It displays a superb perfume of pain grille, spice box, truffle, wild flowers, black cherry, and black currant. Rich, layered, dense, and complex, it, too, combines elegance and power. The wine is structured for the long haul and should easily see its 25th birthday, with 50 not out of the question. There is no track record, and I won’t be around to find out."

Tasting Notes:

Saturated dark violet color; thick aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice, enlivened by minerals, violet, pepper and herbs. Then penetrating, sharply delineated and impressively concentrated, with a serious backbone, supporting its very fresh currant and mineral flavors. The vibrant finish suggests that this wine will have even more to say in five or six years.

Nicolás Catena Zapata is made from a selection of the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec in the Catena Zapata Vineyards. The first Nicolás Catena Zapata was made in 1997, a phenomenal Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in Mendoza. The 1997 Nicolás Catena Zapata was released in 2000 through a series of blind tastings held in the USA and Europe where it was compared blind to Chateau Latour, Haut Brion, Solaia, Caymus and Opus One. The Nicolás Catena Zapata 1997 came in either first or second in every tasting. This wine is only produced in outstanding vintage years. The 2006 Catena Zapata is rated 97 by Robert Parker with the comment: "The 2006 Nicolas Catena Zapata is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Malbec and spent 26 months in new French oak. It displays a superb perfume of pain grille, spice box, truffle, wild flowers, black cherry, and black currant. Rich, layered, dense, and complex, it, too, combines elegance and power. The wine is structured for the long haul and should easily see its 25th birthday, with 50 not out of the question. There is no track record, and I won’t be around to find out."

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Alcohol: 14%
Sugar: 2 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.8 grams per liter

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