Bodega Catena Zapata

Catena Alta Historic Rows Malbec

9.133 ratings
9.17 pro ratings
Mendoza, Cuyo, Argentina
Malbec
Tomato-Based, Beef, Potato, Venison, White Rice, Pork, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Mushrooms, Pasta, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

9.1

Medium ruby color. Medium(+) intensity aromas of red fruit (plums and cherries and raspberries) black fruit (cassis, black currant and black plum) and secondary of oak (cedar, smoke) tertiaries with hints of leather and tobacco and there are some aromas of roasted red peppers. Medium(+) body medium(+) acidity, medium (+) ripe smooth tannins and high alcohol. The concentration of ripe fruit aromas and flavors seem to balance out the relatively high alcohol sensation and the acidity also helps to make the wine lively and not dense or dull. The wine has a nice fine-grained tannin giving it a slightly earthy texture. The wine seem capable of further bottle aging because it has a nice acidity and tannin that’s will guide it forward and the wine will continue to be interesting and could even be better from now until 5 years from now. Their is a clear varietal expression. It is purely #cabernetsauvignon as expressed by clear and defined aromas and flavors of cassis and cedar and hints of roasted peppers. It is made with historic Catena family’s Andean mountain vineyards 50% La Pirámide and 50% domingo Vineyard. #argentinewine #argentine #argentina #andes

Medium ruby color. Medium(+) intensity aromas of red fruit (plums and cherries and raspberries) black fruit (cassis, black currant and black plum) and secondary of oak (cedar, smoke) tertiaries with hints of leather and tobacco and there are some aromas of roasted red peppers. Medium(+) body medium(+) acidity, medium (+) ripe smooth tannins and high alcohol. The concentration of ripe fruit aromas and flavors seem to balance out the relatively high alcohol sensation and the acidity also helps to make the wine lively and not dense or dull. The wine has a nice fine-grained tannin giving it a slightly earthy texture. The wine seem capable of further bottle aging because it has a nice acidity and tannin that’s will guide it forward and the wine will continue to be interesting and could even be better from now until 5 years from now. Their is a clear varietal expression. It is purely #cabernetsauvignon as expressed by clear and defined aromas and flavors of cassis and cedar and hints of roasted peppers. It is made with historic Catena family’s Andean mountain vineyards 50% La Pirámide and 50% domingo Vineyard. #argentinewine #argentine #argentina #andes

Dec 11th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Deep Ruby, purple hues, aged 18 months in French oak, with aromas of ripe dark fruits and floral spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry and black currants with notes of licorice, vanilla and tobacco. Fine tannins, long finish ending with fruit and sweet mineral notes. Drink now or cellar for a while.

Deep Ruby, purple hues, aged 18 months in French oak, with aromas of ripe dark fruits and floral spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry and black currants with notes of licorice, vanilla and tobacco. Fine tannins, long finish ending with fruit and sweet mineral notes. Drink now or cellar for a while.

Dec 10th, 2020
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.4

Tar, plums, tart cherries. Hints of chocolate. Mineral. Cool, rainy year. 13.5 %alc. I

Tar, plums, tart cherries. Hints of chocolate. Mineral. Cool, rainy year. 13.5 %alc. I

1 person found it helpfulJun 24th, 2019
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2015

Vintage 2015

1 person found it helpfulMar 19th, 2019
Brian Kaufman

The nose was overwhelmingly soft ripe cheese rind. I really couldn't smell anything else. Beyond that, the wine drank very well, with currant and ack cherry flavors and long tannins. Held up nicely with pan-seared steak and chimichurri.

The nose was overwhelmingly soft ripe cheese rind. I really couldn't smell anything else. Beyond that, the wine drank very well, with currant and ack cherry flavors and long tannins. Held up nicely with pan-seared steak and chimichurri.

Jan 9th, 2021
Jason Keefer

Nice balance, blackberries and cedar, pepper and spice!

Nice balance, blackberries and cedar, pepper and spice!

Feb 23rd, 2020
Eric James Thompson

My favorite malbec, outside of the Argentino by Catena.
Dark fruits, oak, a little spice.

My favorite malbec, outside of the Argentino by Catena.
Dark fruits, oak, a little spice.

Jan 15th, 2020
Jeffrey Alford

Delicious - dark with violet notes.

Delicious - dark with violet notes.

Oct 15th, 2019
Lee Parry

Always a solid choice

Always a solid choice

Jul 28th, 2019
jim bryan

Bacchus best wine

Bacchus best wine

Apr 16th, 2019