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Date Printed: 9/14/2014
Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2004
Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2004
(search item no. 93777)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 9/14/2014: $95.00

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

Winemaker's Notes:

"The single-vineyard 2004 Malbec Nicasia Vineyard is located in the Altamira district of Mendoza. It was aged for 18 months in new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it exhibits a complex perfume of pain grille, scorched earth, mineral, licorice, blueberry, and black cherry. Thick on the palate, bordering on opulent, it has layers of fruit, silky tannins, and a long, fruit-filled finish. It will age effortlessly for another 6-8 years and provide pleasure through 2025. 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.