The Catena Zapata Story
Nicola Cantena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902 and today the estate is run by Nicholás Cantena and his daughter Laura. Malbec continues to be the estate's focus and the winery's 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 fastidious vineyard work of Nicholas and Laura has paid dividends and Catena Zapata is now one of Argentina's most famous estates. Lush, beautifully crafted wines are what you can expect for Catena Zapata.
Why's this wine for you?
The Catena wines are a special assemblage of High Mountain Estate Vineyards made by fourth-generation vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil. Although most Argentinian Malbec is drunk shortly after release, it is pleasing to know that they age beautifully for ten to twenty years. Through decades of study and exploration within Mendoza's high altitude mountain terroirs, the Catena family has identified special locations for its Estate vineyards. From the marriage of these historic vineyards emerges a wine of unique character that has natural balance, concentration and a distinct varietal identity.
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The Brief
Alcohol
13.5%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2019
Cellar to
2032
How's it taste?
The mouthfeel is full and rich, with ripe, concentrated cassis and black raspberry fruit interwoven with a touch of chocolate and sweet spice from light oak aging. The finish shows ripe, silky tannins.
How was it made?
This wine goes through an extensive cold maceration for 5 days at 48ºF (8,8ºC) to extract aromas. The juice is then fermented for 12 days with a post-fermentation maceration of 19-22 days. Wild Yeasts. Elevage: 12 months in barrel. Barrel selection varies depending on vineyard and vintage - First, second and third use barrels used.

A Blend of three vineyards where the vineyards are divided into lots that are harvested at different times. Lunlunta at 920m elevation, El Cepillo, Eugenio Bustos 1,090 m elevation, 
Gualtallary 1,450 m elevation.
Critic Reviews
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Expert Review
92 Points
James Suckling
This is a solid, focused malbec with tight, creamy tannins and plum and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied. The tannins spread so nicely across the palate that they scarcely leave any trace. Drink and enjoy.
Expert Review
Expert Review
92 Points
Luis Gutierrez - Wine Advocate
The excellent and floral 2019 Catena Malbec shows the typicity of the grape, violets and red berries, and the freshness of the year. It has the textbook aromas and a soft and velvety mouthfeel, with very fine grainy tannins.
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