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2011 CATENA Nicolás Catena Zapata

CATENA Nicolás Catena Zapata 2011

131.64* CAD

$131.64* * Suggested retail price

  • 15 case(s) available

  • Portfolio
  • Portfolio
  • Trialto
  • Product code
  • Product code
  • 606665
  • Format
  • Format
  • 6x750ml
  • Listing type
  • Listing type
  • Open
  • Status
  • Status
  • Unavailable
  • Country
  • Country
  • Argentina
  • Regulated designation
  • Regulated designation
  • Dénomination origine (DOC)
  • Region
  • Region
  • Mendoza
  • Varietal(s)
  • Varietal(s)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 60 %
    Malbec 40 %
  • Color
  • Color
  • Red
  • Sugar
  • Sugar
  • Dry
  • Closure type
  • Closure type
  • Cork
  • About this winery

    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...

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Press reviews

  • - 96 Points -

    March 2016

    Consistently among the best red blends in Argentina, and a wine that ages brilliantly, this cuvée includes only 25% Malbec this year, partly because the Agrelo Cabernet was so good in 2012. Last made in 2006, it’s a finely balanced wine that combines the two grapes to perfection, with notes of graphite, cassis, blueberry and subtle oak underpinned by plenty of structure and concentration. 2016-28

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  • - 95 Points -

    August 2016

    This esteemed wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet and 20% Malbec that head winemaker Alejandro Vigil aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak and then for an additional 24 months in the bottle. The wine was sourced from high elevation vineyards (La Piramide, Domingo, Adrianna and Nicasia) and some of the choicest fruit selected by the winemaker. The resultant wine is completely stunning. There are rich aromas of anise, crème de cassis, coffee grounds, violets, rose petals and suggestions of leather. On the palate the wine brings dense flavors reminiscent of creme de cassis, blueberry pie, anise, mocha, spicebox, sandalwood and a graphite edge. Even more expressive and irresistible after a one hour decant, the silky texture of this red blend is bordering ethereal. This is every bit as good as the absolutely exceptional 2010, showing similar range and viscosity. There is little doubt this excellent blend will age gracefully for decades, but is completely impossible to resist at this juncture. (Best 2016-2030)

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  • - 93 Points -

    February 2016

    First launched with the 1997 vintage, this is Catena’s most ambitious red blend. It’s based on 80 percent cabernet sauvignon grown in La Pirámide, the vineyard surrounding the Mayan pyramid–shaped winery, in Agrelo; the rest is malbec from high-altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley. Generous in spice scents, with an accent on black pepper and cinnamon notes, it’s seductively profound, with sweet, ripe fruit flavors supported by refined tannins. Graceful now, it will gain complexity with five years or more in the cellar.

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  • - 93 Points -

    February 2017

    A blend that depends on the year. This is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec. Sweetly aromatic, liqueur-like blackcurrant fruit nose is pure and modern. Concentrated palate with structured blackcurrant and berry fruit with fine spices. Quite structured with some freshness on the finish. A modern wine with real class, and which needs a bit of time to show its best. 

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  • - 91 Points -

    March 2017

    The icon wine of Catena (you can tell by the weight of the bottle), and the only wine to bear both the first and last name of patriarch Nicolás Catena. 90/10 cabernet/malbec from old vines at altitude goes into 225-500 liter new French oak barrels for a wild yeast fermentation. Two years' rest in barrel precedes being bottled unfined and unfiltered, where it rests another two years prior to release. Medicinal black cherry, cassis, branch, thorns and resin throughout, with tannins firm, strict and drying at the very finish. At this stage, quite firm, dense, and structural; this was built for the future. Fortunately, there is an inherent freshness here, afforded through the old vines at altitude.

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