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Date Printed: 4/28/2015
Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2004
Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2004
(search item no. 93778)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 4/28/2015: $95.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Decanter rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The single-vineyard 2004 Malbec Argentino Vineyard spent 17 months in new French oak. Remarkably fragrant and complex aromatically, it offers up aromas of wood smoke, creosote, pepper, clove, black cherry, and blackberry. Made in a similar, elegant style, it is the most structured of the three single vineyard wines, needing a minimum of a decade of additional cellaring. It should easily prove to be a 25-40 year wine. It is an exceptional achievement in Malbec. 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.