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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Catena Zapata Nicolas 2001
Catena Zapata Nicolas 2001
(search item no. 81912)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $76.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

From Argentina's premier producer, this is all old vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec fruit. Extremely limited and allocated, one of the greatest wines from South America.

Nicolás Catena Zapata presents a deep garnet color with tones of dark violet and purple. The nose offers bright, intense aromas of plum, cassis and blackberry fruit meshed with notes of vanilla, chocolate and spice with a touch of eucalyptus. Concentrated and full-bodied, this wine shows a remarkable elegance and harmony. The long, lingering finish is dominated by sweet, velvety tannins.

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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.