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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 93766)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2004 Alta Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced and blended from three vineyards with distinct terroirs and aged for 18 months in new French oak. It offers greater aromatic complexity with elements of pain grille, scorched earth, espresso, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. Medium-bodied, it has the elegance of a classified growth St.-Julien, with intense, spicy, cassis, mint, and black fruit flavors, superb balance, and a 45-second, pure finish. It will profit from 6-8 years of further cellaring and drink well through 2030. When all is said and done, Catena Zapata is the Argentina winery of reference – the standard of excellence for comparing all others. The brilliant, forward-thinking Nicolas Catena remains in charge, with his daughter, Laura, playing an increasingly large role. The Catena Zapata winery is an essential destination for fans of both architecture and wine in Mendoza. It is hard to believe, given the surge in popularity of Malbec in recent years, that Catena Zapata only began exporting Malbec to the United States in 1994."
-Wine Advocate
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About Catena:

Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.