Nicolas Catena Zapata 2018
Nicolas Catena Zapata 2018
Nicolas Catena Zapata 2018
Nicolas Catena Zapata 2018


Nicolas Catena Zapata 2018

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96/100 Points, Robert Parker Jr.

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Behold this elegantly unforgettable Nicolas Catena Zapata! It's a beautiful blend of Cabernet and Malbec which will enhance the meaty repast of your choice. Or, just sip it by itself to introduce yourselves to its myriad of layers and flavors. A terrific nod to the stellar fruit in the wine would be a platter of bacon-wrapped Medjool dates stuffed with a Marcona almond and a small chunk of Manchego cheese. According to the winery, the burstingly full body and depth of this Zapata will delight your diners when paired with marinated racks of lamb with a fresh tomato-mustard sauce. We also recommend a hearty dish of duck confit over lentils and sausage. And finally, if you're serving a crowd, we can't think of a better choice than a traditional 'feijoada' which has been cooked until everything is fork tender. Ours is a delicious mix of beef short ribs, boneless pork loin, stew beef, slab bacon, linguica sausage, carne seca and pork chops, all surrounding beautifully seasoned black beans. Are you hungry yet winelovers?!

James Suckling: "Sweet tobacco, walnuts, blackberries and dried flowers on the nose. Full body, yet ultra-fine tannins and a super long finish. Superb finesse and polish. Drink after 2023, but already fabulous." Apr 2021

Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate:
"The 2018 Nicolás Catena Zapata was produced with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary (Adrianna vineyard, with the Cabernet Sauvignon interplanted with some Cabernet Franc) and 35% Malbec from Altamira (Nicasia vineyard). They no longer use grapes from Agrelo, and this is also a lot higher in Malbec than in other recent vintages. So, it has a very different profile, a charge that started in 2017, with more contained ripeness and more freshness, and the wine is intense, keeping some of the Cabernet character (tobacco, blackberries) and the floral notes from Malbec. It comes through as balanced and harmonious, with very fine tannins and a long finish and perfect ripeness. This aims to revive the style of Bordeaux before phylloxera, from massal selection of ungrafted vines." Mar 2021

Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec (35%) made from 210 micro-productions whose end result is approved by Nicolás Catena. A kind of summation of a long history, the grapes come from specific parcels of vineyards that Catena planted in the Uco Valley and Luján. The results are breathtaking. Purple in the glass with garnet flecks, this wine delivers layers of aroma, beginning with black currant and moving on to intense, precise notes of lavender and mint along with hints of black tea, sage and cigar box. In the mouth, austerity vies for supremacy with sheer power, a balance overseen by polished, grippy tannins placed into relief by a well-judged freshness that keeps the whole package light on its feet. This is a wine of tension foregrounded by the blend: the Malbec smooths out the Cabernet Sauvignon, which in turn brings energy to a red with an extremely long finish." Oct 2020

Winery: "The inaugural 1997 vintage of this Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blend set a new standard of quality for wines from South America when it won a series of blind tastings against other prestigious cuvées from around the world. Nicolás Catena Zapata is made from a selection of the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec in the Catena Zapata Vineyards. The first Nicolás Catena Zapata was made in 1997, a phenomenal Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in Mendoza. The 1997 Nicolás Catena Zapata was released in 2000 through a series of blind tastings held in the USA and Europe where it was compared blind to Chateau Latour, Haut Brion, Solaia, Caymus and Opus One. The Nicolás Catena Zapata 1997 came in either first or second in every tasting. This wine is only produced in outstanding vintage years."

Bottle 750ml
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Franc
Total acidity:
24 months in French oak barrels
Mendoza, Argentina

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