Bodega Catena Zapata "Alta" Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Mendoza, Argentina) - [ST 92] [RP 91] [JS 91]

Bodega Catena Zapata "Alta" Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
(Mendoza, Argentina) - [ST 92] [RP 91] [JS 91]


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Notes From The Winemaker:
Before the world recognized Catena’s Argentina as “malbec country”, the winery was known for its old-world style Cabernet Sauvignon born in the clay-soils of Agrelo. The family cherishes its historic Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Agrelo and Tupungato, particularly for their ageability and classic flavors. Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Lot 3 of the La Pirámide vineyard, Lot 2 of the Domingo vineyard and Lot 2 of the Nicasia Vineyard. Elevage: 18 months in French oak barrels.

VINIFICATION:
Vineyard lots are harvested at different times to ensure optimal natural acidity and moderate alcohol levels. Whole berries are hand loaded into small format fermentation bins and 225-500 L barrels; lots are treated individually; fermentation and maceration last for 16 – 35 days. Wild yeasts. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged for 18-24 months, depending on the vineyard and harvest time. French oak.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Varietal: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Total Acidity: 5.84 grams/liter
pH: 3.55
Unfined and unfiltered

Ratings & Reviews



92 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"(mostly from a high site with a cooler southeast exposition): Bright dark red. A bit muskier and lower-toned on the nose than the Catena Alta Malbec, offering scents of dark berries and chocolate. Then opened quickly and gained in verve, showing e fine-grained texture and a high-altitude light touch to its spicy red and darker berry flavors. Pungent acidity is keeping this juicy wine quite tight today." - Stephen Tanzer (Jul 2017)

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2014 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon changed the blend slightly and was harvested earlier to preserve freshness. The idea worked nicely, obtaining a balanced and fresh varietal wine, still a little young, and even if the puppy fat is still there, the underlying acidity and freshness is great. 30,000 bottles produced." - Luis Gutiérrez (30th Dec 2016)

91 Points - James Suckling:
"A layered and flavorful red with currant and fresh herb character. Medium body, fine tannins. Drink now." - (June 21, 2017)