Catena Zapata Nicolas 2002
Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina
The 2002 Nicolás Catena Zapata presents a dark, opaque violet color. The nose is packed full of ripe black berry fruit aromas, with layers of eucalyptus, black pepper, and mineral notes. The mouthfeel is full, yet supple, with a soft, generous texture. On the palate, the wine offers rich, concentrated flavors of cassis and black currant fruit interwoven with notes of cigar box, sweet spice and vanilla. The finish is long and lingering, with well structured tannins and racy acidity.
Blend: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon; 32% Malbec
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Good dark red with an orange edge. Complex, slightly brooding aromas of currant, dark plum, leather and tobacco, plus an element of medicinal menthol. Very concentrated and youthful; at once sweet and serious, showing terrific density and medicinal reserve to its flavors of sweet plum, currant and saline minerality. The very long finish features nicely integrated acidity and broad, fine-grained tannins. This still-young beauty should be even more harmonious with another couple years in the cellar. Long hang time for the Malbec in 2002 produced very expressive wines with fully ripe tannins."
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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