Nicola Cantena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902 and today the estate is run by Nicholas Catena and his daughter Laura. Malbec continues to be the estates focus and the wineries pristine vineyards lie at the base of the Andes on soils of sand, lime and stone at altitudes between 920 and 1120 metres above sea level. Over the last 20 years, the fastidous vineyard work of Nicholas and Laura has paid dividends and Catena Zapata is now one of Argentina's most famous estates. Lush, beautifully created wines are what you can expect from Catena Zapata.
Deep red/purple, bright colour. The bouquet is perfumed and very charming; flowers and red fruits, a lick of mixed spice. It's ripe and clean, the palate full-bodied but smooth textured and refined, elegant and harmonious. It's far from a blockbuster. A very tidy wine, elegant and balanced. Drink: 2018 to 2031; Price: $30.00; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
Aromas of blackberry and walnut with hints of flowers. Medium body, focused and bright with dried fruit and just a hint of mushroom in the aftertaste. Drink now. Rating: 92 Points; James Suckling
The impressive 2015 Catena Malbec is subtle, balanced and elegant. This is a complex blend that showcases the typicity of Malbec in the province of Mendoza with perfumed notes of violets and black cherries, and a touch of spices. The palate has great balance, elegance and subtleness with very fine tannins. Great value for money. Rating: 91 Points; Robert Parker's; The Wine Advocate
Deep cherry red. Gently dark-fruited and fragrant. Beautifully subtle and elegant on the palate. There's plenty of fruit though it is not fruit forward thanks to excellent harmony of the parts - fruit and tannins and freshness. It becomes a little more expressive in the glass and shows an attractive dusty/stony quality. A hint of oak spice and oak sweetness on the finish and the silkiest of tannins already - but no sense it is not going to age well. So fresh and supple. Tastes fresher than the numbers suggest. Rating: 17 Points; JancisRobinson.com
Full-bodied and savoury Argentine red wine made from the the country's flagship Malbec grape. Incredibly aromatic with aromas of black plums and smoke. Great value. Pair with grilled meats. Rating: 90 Points; Natalie Maclean
In "40 Wines That Changed the Way We Drink," Isle writes: "The Catena family was first out of the gate to change that hard-to-imagine situation. Today millions of cases of Malbec are sold in the U.S. every year. Catena’s, like the plum-peppery 2015, is still among the best. Food & Wine Magazine (US)
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