Catena Zapata Nicolas 2001
Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina
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.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Fresh dark red. Captivating, nuanced nose combines redcurrant, game, truffle, spices and tobacco, plus a subtle suggestion of chocolate. Plush, tactile and round but with no impression of weightiness, this broad wine spreads out impressively to saturate the mouth, with harmonious acidity contributing to its elegance. Finishes spicy and very long, with excellent penetration for its age. This wine reminded me of a 2001 claret or a 2001 Napa Valley Cabernet; it would be great fun to compare these wines in a blind tasting. A beauty. Features an unusually high percentage of Malbec as harvest conditions were generally favorable for this variety; rains in late March made picking Cabernet Sauvignon an adventure."
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. View all Catena Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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