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.
The fresh, floral and expressive 2016 Catena Malbec blends grapes from different parts of Mendoza: Lunlunta, Agrelo, Altamira El Cepillo and Gualtallary. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French and American oak barrels for an average of 12 months. It's straight and a little austere but has deep flavors. Superb quality for the price and volume. 984,000 bottles produced. Drink 2018-2023; Rating: 92 Points; Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a firm and silky red with blueberry and blackberry character. Some stone, too. Medium body, fresh acidity and a juicy finish. Rating: 91 Points; James Suckling
The base 2016 Catena Malbec comes from multiple high elevation sites and was brought up in 34% new French and American oak barrels. It offers a vibrant, juicy, undeniably delicious style as well as terrific notes of black raspberries, wild strawberries, and spring flowers. Upfront and ready to go, it has an outstanding mix of both freshness and richness and is straight up high-quality Malbec. Rating: 90 Points; Jeb Dunnuck
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