2016 Nicolas Catena Zapata


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Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: August 31, 2022
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“It strikes me as being Argentina’s equivalent of a great vintage of Lafite-Rothschild”.
Tim Atkin
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This 2016 Nicolas Catena Zapata has just landed at The Wine Collective and is currently available for purchase. Tasting notes, producer information and critic reviews will be added shortly.
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97 Points
Tim Atkin
“It strikes me as being Argentina’s equivalent of a great vintage of Lafite-Rothschild”.
Expert Review
Expert Review
96 Points
Luis Gutierrez - Wine Advocate
The 2016 Nicolás Catena Zapata has not been released, and they are going to sell the 2017 before it. This is the one wine, together with the Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec, that is sold through the négoce in Bordeaux for Europe and Asia. This is backward, serious and austere, with terrific balance and great length. This is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary and 31% Malbec from Nicasia. There is also some 8% Cabernet Franc that seems to add a touch, and in 2016, it didn't need irrigation because there was enough rain. This seems to follow the style of the 2013, a little tight, perhaps because of the Cabernets. This is nuanced and complex, with very good integration of the varieties and the oak, fruit, acidity and mineral texture. One of the best vintages for this bottling. 74,400 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2017.Catena is one of the quality leaders in Argentina and it's also a large winery, so they combine quality and quantity. Furthermore, they are one of the pioneers: They were the first to plant vineyards in Gualtallary, which is nowadays considered one of the highest potential zones in the country, but they were deemed crazy when they planted there. The wines are phenomenal, true to their place and vintage, and the accompan(more...)
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95 Points
James Suckling
This a rich and flavorful red, showing blackcurrants and tobacco. Full-bodied, soft and fruity with bright and spicy, oyster-shell and fresh-herb character. Serious cabernet blend. Drink or hold.
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