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At heart, Catena is a story about family. Family who poured their lives, passion and spirit into transforming scrub-laden desert into some of the most beautiful and unique vineyards in the world. Family that passed their knowledge from generation to generation, blending collective memory with state-of-the-art science from the new world of viticulture. Family who, through risk-taking, faith and a little luck, transformed their treasured Mendoza terroir into the fountainhead of the award-winning...
- 96 Points -
The Catena Zapata range comprises some single-vineyard wines, like the 2014 Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard that comes from a plot of ungrafted vines planted in Altamira in 1996 using Malbec cuttings from the ancient Angélica vineyard. Cropped from a year that delivered moderate alcohol and notable acidity, it fermented with full clusters in 2,000- and 5,000-liter oak foudres with indigenous yeasts. It matured in French oak barrels for 24 months. This shows superbly and is open and expressive, very classical and elegant, floral and mineral, with no excess whatsoever. The palate reveals superb balance, really harmonious and elegant. This one might be overlooked because there is a lot of attention given to the Malbecs from Adrianna vineyard, but this is really at the same quality level.See detailed press review
- 94 Points -
Part of the comparatively new Paraje Altamira sub-zone, Nicasia was planted in 2000. The resulting wine sees 50% whole bunches and is intensely perfumed, bright and refreshing, showing the sheer class of the appellation and some underlying grip.See detailed press review
- 94 Points -
Bright, full ruby. Vibrant boysenberry, bitter chocolate, licorice and rocks on the nose, lifted by a floral topnote. Wonderfully broad and supple but not heavy, conveying an almost chocolatey ripeness and alluring sweetness but given shape and definition by lively acidity. This compellingly pliant, expansive beauty finishes with superb breadth and length.
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