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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
Catena Zapata Nicolas 2007
Catena Zapata Nicolas 2007
(search item no. 108379)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
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
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
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 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:

Nicolás Catena Zapata is made from a selection of the best lots in the Catena Zapata vineyards. The first Nicolás Catena Zapata was made in 1997, a phenomenal Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in Mendoza. The first vintage was released in 2000 through a series of blind tastings held in the USA and Europe where it was compared to Chateau Latour, Haut Brion, Solaia, Caymus and Opus One. The Nicolás Catena Zapata 1997 came in either first of second in every tasting. This wine is only produced in outstanding vintage years and has received high acclaim from top wine publications and experts.

Saturated dark violet color; thick aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice, enlivened by minerals, violet, pepper and herbs. Then penetrating, sharply delineated and impressively concentrated, with a serious backbone, supporting its very fresh currant and mineral flavors. The vibrant finish suggests that this wine will have even more to say in five or six years.

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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.