Aromas of cassis, black cherries and nuanced herbaceous and tobacco notes. A lovely fluid entrance builds on concentration and complexity. A long, lingering finish. (Decanter. 97pts)
Cabernet Sauvignon 61%, Malbec 31%, Cabernet Franc 8%.
Nicolás Catena Zapata – The pinnacle of Nicolas Catena’s vision – A South American Wine that stands with the best in the world. A Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon blend that brings back the blend that gave rise to the First growths classified in 1855 which were made up primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. The 1997 Nicolas Catena Zapata was tasted along with Solaia 1997, Latour 1997, Caymus Special Selection 1997 and Opus One 1997, in the US and London and it came 1st or 2nd in every tasting.
The Cabernet and Malbec vines are ungrafted and pre-date the onset of phylloxera.
The harvest is done by hand, and some parcels are fermented as whole bunches to enhance tannic structure and freshness. The fermentation takes place in 500 liter oak barrels, concrete and stainless-steel tanks, at temperatures of 26-28ºC for about 10-15 days. The post-fermentative maceration lasts between 5 and 10 days. The wine carries out its malolactic fermentation and is then aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.
The story of Bodega Catena Zapata is a tale that travels from 19th-century Italy to the limestone soils of Mendoza. Nicola Catena, Nicolas Catena Zapata’s grandfather, sailed from Italy to Argentina in 1898, leaving behind his famine-stricken European homeland for a land of plenty and opportunity. In 1902, he planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza. Although Malbec had been a blending grape in Bordeaux, Nicola suspected it would find its hidden splendour in the Argentine Andes. It was a hunch that would not fully flower till nearly a century later. Nowadays, it’s impossible to talk about Argentinean wine for more than a few minutes without someone mentioning either Nicolas Catena or one of his wines. No-one has done more to put Mendoza on the map, or to raise the profile of Malbec from Bordeaux reject to one of the world’s most fashionable grape varieties.
|Appellation||Uco Valley, Agrelo|
|Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Cabernet Franc|