Bodega Catena Zapata "Nicasia Vineyard" Malbec 2010 (Mendoza, Argentina) - [ST 93] [RP 93]

Bodega Catena Zapata "Nicasia Vineyard" Malbec 2010
(Mendoza, Argentina) - [ST 93] [RP 93]

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Notes From The Winemaker:

Located in the far southerly growing region of Altamira en La Consulta, the Nicasia vineyard is the only planting of the special Catena Selection of Malbec cuttings in this traditional area for Malbec. La Consulta was Nicolás Catena’s father Domingo’s prefered Malbec location.

100% whole cluster and 90% whole berry fruit is hand-loaded into 225-500 liter new French oak barrels for a 100% barrel fermentation for a period of 15 days, allowing seamless oak integration. The fermentation temperature is kept low, extracting intense aromas, and the cap management is done by hand to ensure soft, gentle flavors and tannin extraction. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel leaves considerable lees and sediment. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, followed by 24 months of aging in bottle before release.

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2010 Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard is a single-vineyard Malbec from their vines from Nicasia in Altamira (La Consulta) in the south of the Uco Valley, a chalk-rich zone that is quickly gaining ground on the terroir map of Mendoza. The grapes were barrel fermented with 5% Cabernet Franc. The grapes were harvested at six different points in time, depending on the difference of soils in the vineyard. I see quite ripe fruit here, a round wine, with some black fruit, notes of ripe melon, very spicy, and also flavors of sweet ripe fruit with round and polished, sweet tannins, very tasty but also with very good freshness and high acidity (it has 6.1 grams of acidity). Drink 2014-2018." - Luis Gutierrez (Apr 2014)

93 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"(a blend of 400 different lots, according to Alejandro Vigil; from 16-year-old vines; blended with 8% cabernet franc and vinified with 30% whole clusters): Bright ruby. Aromas of black fruits, licorice and bitter chocolate. Large-scaled, velvety and deep; really spreads out horizontally to coat the palate with creamy-sweet dark berry and chocolate flavors. Finishes very broad, with fully ripe, building tannins." - Stephen Tanzer (Mar/Apr 14)