Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata 2014

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Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata 2014

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Nicolás Catena Zapata has an intense, deep purple color with bluish-black tones. On the nose, aromas of black fruits - blackberries, black cherries, black plums - predominate with subtle notes of vanilla and dark chocolate intermingled with savory hints of green olive and a stony minerality. On the palate, the wine is tremendously complex, unfolding layer upon layer of red currant, eucalyptus, and black pepper flavors . Black cherries and blackberries give way to cassis followed by a hint of saline minerality. The wine is remarkably concentrated with a firm tannic structure providing the backbone for the lush fruit. The finish is long, a foretoken of the long aging potential of this Argentine masterpiece. Let the Nicolás Catena Zapata open in a decanter while you grill a Bone-in Ribeye Steak to perfection. Pour yourself a glass. Bliss.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Region Argentina, Mendoza
Brand Catena Zapata
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
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Wine AdvocateNamed after the winery's owner, the 2014 Nicolás Catena Zapata is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec that has been produced since 1997. They use grapes from Nicasia, Adrianna and La Pirámide vineyards, mixing grapes from Valle de Uco and Luján de Cuyo. The blend varies slightly with the year, and in 2014 it is 73% Cabernet and 27% Malbec. It fermented in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels and saw 24 months in barrique. It has developed aromas and feels polished while showing elegance and very classical proportions.

Luis Gutierrez, June 29, 2018
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Wine EnthusiastSmooth aromas of berry fruits, fig, tobacco and chocolate signal a well-oaked blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Malbec. This signature wine for Catena is powerful and lusty on the palate, with flavors of toasty oak, fig, blackberry and spice all rolled into a fine whole. Long and toasty on the finish, this should be at its peak in a couple of years. Drink through 2026.

Michael Schachner, March 1, 2019

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