Catena Zapata Alta Malbec 2016
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The Catena Zapata wines are a special assemblage of High Mountain Estate Vineyards made by fourth generation vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil. The marriage of Catena’s historic estate vineyards creates wines of unique character that have natural balance, concentration, and a distinct varietal identity.
Alta malbec is sourced from block 18 of Angélica vineyard, Block 4 of La Pirámide vineyard, Block 1 of Nicasia vineyard, Block 6 of Angélica Sur vineyard and Blocks 3 & 9 of the Adrianna vineyard.
Attention to detail with vineyard parcels harvested at different times to ensure optimal natural acidity and moderate alcohol levels. Whole bunch fermentation in barrel; parcels from each vineyard fermented separately. Wild yeasts, maceration, barrel fermentation with some battonage to protect it reduce SO2 needed. Maturation 18 months in French oak.
“I also had the chance to taste the 2016 Catena Alta Malbec, when they used a higher percentage of grapes from Nicasia. In this vintage, it’s truly 100% Malbec that fermented in tank with full clusters and finished fermenting after pressing, without skins. It’s serious and elegant, with the year’s signature freshness. 2016 has really marked the wines with great freshness. This is serious and with zero sweetness, complete and direct. 42,000 bottles produced.” – 94 Points, Wine Advocate
“Plenty of cocoa powder as well as violets follow through to some serious tannins that are already well integrated. They and the crisp acidity give the dry finish some assertive power.” – 92 Points, James Suckling
“Made from 100% Malbec from a number of vineyards (Angélica, La Pirámide, Nicasia and Adrianna) fermented and aged in 70% new barrels, the 2016 Malbec Historic Rows is an incredibly elegant, seamless wine that has an almost Burgundian style in its mulberry, blueberries, incense, forest floor, and spring flower-laced aromas and flavors. Beautiful on the palate as well, with medium to full body, supple tannins, and terrific balance, this is one of those wines that grows on you with time in the glass and shines on all accounts. Drink it any time over the coming decade or more.” – Antonio Galloni 92 Points, Vinous
RRP $121 Our Special Price when you buy 6 or more $104.99
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