Bodega Catena Zapata "Nicolas Catena Zapata" Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Mendoza, Argentina) - [JS 95] [ST 92+] [RP 92] [WS 91]

Bodega Catena Zapata "Nicolas Catena Zapata" Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
(Mendoza, Argentina) - [JS 95] [ST 92+] [RP 92] [WS 91]

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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. Wild yeasts. 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.

Winemaker: Alejandro Vigil
Varietal: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec
Alcohol: 14.0 %
Total Acidity: 6.4 grams/liter in tartaric
pH: 3.57
Unfined and unfiltered

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - James Suckling:
"Complex aromas of dark berry, shaved chocolate and minerals. Full-bodied, bright and fruity with a beautiful balance and length. It's so polished and gorgeous. A blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% malbec." - June 2nd, 2015

92+ Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"(an 80/20 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec): Bright ruby. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, minerals, violet and bitter chocolate show very good lift but also a youthfully serious medicinal aspect. Densely packed, fresh and broad but youthfully unforthcoming today, showing little in the way of easy sweetness. The medicinal black cherry flavors come across as distinctly cool owing to complicating notes of mint, licorice and herbs. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins that will require patience. This Cabernet-based wine is much tighter and more austere than the 2011 Malbec Argentino." - Stephen Tanzer (January 2015)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2011 Nicolás Catena Zapata is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Malbec sourced from a diversity of vineyards and zones, La Piramide, Domingo, Adrianna and Nicasia. I found pungent aromas of leather, cured meat and fountain pen ink and even tempera paint that were reminiscent of many classic Bordeaux wines. The palate feels quite dry and has a grainy texture. It needs food. 60,000 bottles produced." - Luis Gutierrez (Aug 2015)

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:

"Taut and muscular, with concentrated flavors of mocha, roasted plum and Asian spice. Black olive and French roast notes enliven the finish, showing plenty of dark chocolate details. Drink now through 2019. 1,850 cases imported." - KM (Dec 31, 2015)