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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2006
Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2006
(search item no. 105098)
boutique wine
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $115.00

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
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Catena Zapata Malbec Nicasia Vineyard is one of the three toptier Malbecs first released by the winery in 2007. The wine exemplifies Nicolas Catena's success and pioneering research with the Malbec grape in Mendoza. The Nicasia Vineyard is a small, specially selected number of rows in Lot 1 of the Catena family's Altamira Vineyard. Planted in 1996, the Malbec vines are on their own rootstock and part of a massal population from the Catena family's historic, 80 year old Angelica vineyard.

A glass coating opaque purple color, it delivers a breathtaking bouquet of toasty oak, cinnamon, violets, incense, truffle, black cherry, and plum. Fullbodied, layered, dense, and rich, this Malbec manages to combine elegance and power. Sweetly fruited, savory, and harmonious, it will evolve for 68 years and drink well through 2026.

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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.