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Nicolás Catena Zapata Mendoza 2000

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2000 Nicolás Catena Zapata presents a deep garnet color with tones of dark violet and purple. The nose offers bright, intense aromas of plum, cassis and blackberry fruit meshed with notes of vanilla, chocolate and spice with a touch of eucalyptus. Concentrated and full-bodied, this wine shows a remarkable elegance and harmony. The long, lingering finish is dominated by sweet, velvety tannins. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec was used for this vintage. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from the lime, clay soil of Lot 3 in the La Pirámide vineyard. While some scattered storms in early March pushed back the harvest date in this vineyard, the extra hang time, coupled with cooler than normal conditions, allowed the grapes to developed excellent complexity and structure. The Malbec fruit was sourced from two vineyards: the sandy soil of Lot 3 in the Nicasia vineyard and the sandy, clay soil of Lot 18 in the Angélica vineyard. The overall cooler than normal temperatures in both these areas lent an additional floral component to the aromatic structure of the Angélica Malbec and a black pepper character to the Nicasia Malbec. This vintage should be enjoyed in 4 years and will continue to improve over the following 12 to 14 years.

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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

The 2000 Nicolás Catena Zapata presents a deep garnet color with tones of dark violet and purple. The nose offers bright, intense aromas of plum, cassis and blackberry fruit meshed with notes of vanilla, chocolate and spice with a touch of eucalyptus. Concentrated and full-bodied, this wine shows a remarkable elegance and harmony. The long, lingering finish is dominated by sweet, velvety tannins. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec was used for this vintage. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from the lime, clay soil of Lot 3 in the La Pirámide vineyard. While some scattered storms in early March pushed back the harvest date in this vineyard, the extra hang time, coupled with cooler than normal conditions, allowed the grapes to developed excellent complexity and structure. The Malbec fruit was sourced from two vineyards: the sandy soil of Lot 3 in the Nicasia vineyard and the sandy, clay soil of Lot 18 in the Angélica vineyard. The overall cooler than normal temperatures in both these areas lent an additional floral component to the aromatic structure of the Angélica Malbec and a black pepper character to the Nicasia Malbec. This vintage should be enjoyed in 4 years and will continue to improve over the following 12 to 14 years.

Aged 18 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.6% pH: 3.56
Total Acidity: 6 grams per liter

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