Bodega Catena Zapata "Nicolas Catena Zapata" Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Mendoza, Argentina) - [RP 95] [ST 94]

Bodega Catena Zapata "Nicolas Catena Zapata" Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(Mendoza, Argentina) - [RP 95] [ST 94]

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Notes from the Winemaker:

10% 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 20-30 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 24 months and an additional 24 months in bottle before release. 210 separate row microvinifications from different lots and harvest times.

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Doctor Nicolas Catena always liked Cabernet Sauvignon so the wine that carries his name has a greater percentage of the noble Bordeaux grape. The 2010 Nicolas Catena Zapata is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Malbec sourced from La Piramide, Domingo, Adrianna and Nicasia. The fresh and balanced 2010 produced good ripeness of the fruit but the acidity was also great and the wine finished with 6.5 grams of acidity and a natural pH of 3.5, as the grapes are selected from cold soils. The first vintage was 1997, but this has to be one of their finest. This has the intensity of the Catena Alta Cabernet and the verticality and austerity of the Adrianna Malbec. It has very good acidity and intensity, while it has some velvety tannins. For a minute I was trying to remember the varietals as the sense of place, the freshness and the earthy sensations clearly take over. A superb bottle of wine. This is a wine to age. Drink 2016-2023." - Luis Gutierrez (Apr 2014)

94 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"(a 75/25 blend of cabernet sauvignon and malbec): Bright, full ruby-red. Terrific verve to the aromas of blackberry, licorice, violet pastille and minerals. At once opulent and elegant, with sexy herbal lift and harmonious acidity giving thrust and clarity to the dark berry flavors. In a more serious, less fruity and less sweet style than the Malbec Argentino, with the structure to support a longer life in bottle. Very classy wine." - Stephen Tanzer (Mar/Apr 14)

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2009 Vintage):
"The 2009 Zapata is from selected vines marked by a red sash in order to raise the wine with meticulous care. It is 10% whole cluster and 90% whole berry fruit that is aged in 80% new French oak for 24 months. It is pieced together from a mind-boggling 210 separate row micro-vinifications of multifarious lots and harvest times and is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Malbec. It has a spellbinding bouquet that exudes minerality, as if crushed stones had been sprinkled into the black fruit. With continued aeration, there are scents of oyster shell and black olive. The palate is full-bodied, with immense structure and backbone. The acidity is beautifully judged with filigree tannins that render the finish so elegant and refined, with notes of blackberry, soy, black plum and that stony aftertaste. Magnificent. Drink 2014-2035." -Neal Martin (Oct 2012)

94 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2009 Vintage):
"A concentrated yet lively red, with embedded acidity backing rich cassis, racy black cherry puree and mocha notes. This is detailed, delivering a long finish of spice cake, tarry mineral and fruit. Delicious now, but will reward patience. Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2019. 1,500 cases imported." -NW (Nov 15, 2013)