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ProducerBodega Catena Zapata (web)
DesignationCatena Alta
VineyardAdriana Vineyard

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2012 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 16 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by MW - Squirrel on 4/26/2014 & rated 94 points: Brilliant! This had been poorly kept in a cupboard and was still showing so well. Slight oxidation but still had those lovely approachable tropical fruits with hazelnut and butterscotch notes.

I have one of the 2009 in my cellar and will keeping holding of it! Tempted to get hold of a case and age it. (747 views)
 Tasted by Battleship on 3/10/2011 & rated 91 points: Similar notes as below but it presented itself with chicken that elevated the score. (1726 views)
 Tasted by Battleship on 11/27/2010 & rated 90 points: This one was very light, but elegant and pleasing. Very almost Chablis-like with nice minerality and pale citrus with butterscotch representing the oak. (1784 views)
 Tasted by Battleship on 4/5/2010 & rated 92 points: same notes as the last one below. Still drinking nice and day 2 leftover from the fridge is still tasting good right now (1975 views)
 Tasted by Battleship on 10/11/2009 & rated 92 points: A little more on the oak up front but nice citrus and cream and minerality on the mid and finish. GREAT QPR! (2080 views)
 Tasted by wattacetti on 8/8/2009 & rated 90 points: Mineral notes offset but fruit and caramel. Coming along nicely, probably another 2-3 years. (1729 views)
 Tasted by flwino on 7/9/2009 & rated 91 points: Color: Bright light gold
Aroma smell of spring fruit and citrus
Taste: a tad oaky but refined as night when on
Finish: Short, no after taste

Could age a tad more (931 views)
 Tasted by Battleship on 4/13/2009 & rated 91 points: Still going strong and a very classy chard in the white burgundy style. Very light on the oak. (1352 views)
 Tasted by Battleship on 2/15/2009 & rated 93 points: Another winner from this case! I convinced a jaded Cali style Chard hater to try this and they are saying nice things about Chard again! (1421 views)
 Tasted by Battleship on 1/19/2009 & rated 93 points: Beautiful and elegant chard. This one finished a bit more oaky than the last, but it was refined oak, not a bomb. Looking forward to the remaining 10 over the coming years. (1409 views)
 Tasted by Battleship on 7/15/2008 & rated 97 points: WOW! Top -tier white burgundy competitor at a fraction of the price. Can't wait for the opportunity to conuse the remaining 11. (1766 views)
 Tasted by AtlantaBill on 10/17/2007 & rated 88 points: Light golden color. Aroma of citrus and vanilla. Citrus and vanilla on the tongue with a smooth mouthfeel. Bight medium finish. (1629 views)
 Tasted by spartacus111 on 8/10/2007 & rated 89 points: Fruity, acidic, and an oaky finish. If you like a lot of oak in your chardonnay, this one isn't bad, although a bit more acidity than is my ideal. (1635 views)

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Bodega Catena Zapata

Producer website
Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of
Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to export a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena,
in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices
throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.


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Wines of Argentina

Argentina has been making wine since the 1500s, tracing its wine heritage back to Spain, France and, perhaps surprisingly, Italy. Italian immigration is second only to Spanish in Argentine culture, and the flavors of Italy show up strongly in the nation’s wine, food and cultural tradition. Historically, Argentina has kept much of its wine consumption at home, drinking most of the wine it makes. But we are now seeing more very serious Argentine wines north of the border, and Malbec is leading the movement. The wine-making region in Argentina ranges between the 22° and 42° South latitude. It spreads at the foothills of the Andean mountain range along over 2,400 km; from the province of Salta to the province of Río Negro, with a variety of climates and soils that makes each region a unique land. In general terms, the areas dedicated to vine cultivation are dry and arid with a low level of rain and humidity, determining factor as regards grape health. Abundant sunny days and thermal amplitude favor a good maturity and concentration of aroma and color in the grain. Soils are deep, permeable and poor in organic matter, decisive qualities at the time of obtaining good wine. Due to the low rain regime, irrigation is necessary. Water comes from the Andean range thaw, descending in the shape of rivers to become channels or ditches. Undoubtedly, the combination of these factors turns Argentina into a veritable oasis for the highest quality wine-making. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go. Wine-making in Argentina, at the level that it achieves today, has a young history that goes back to a little more than 10 years ago. Technological progress, investment and some farsighted businessmen enabled a determining transformation. The province of Mendoza is the most traditional area in the viticultural industry, and is diverse enough to be divided into zones, according to their significantly different weather, height and soil characteristics. These include the Northern Zone, which is suitable for fruity whites and young reds, at a height from 600 to 700m; the Eastern Zone, with a height ranging from 600 to 700m, and the most productive zone in the province; the Uco Valley, a zone of colder weather and higher altitudes (between 800 and 1,400m over sea level); San Rafael, with heights ranging from 450 to 800m; and the High Zone of the Mendoza River, with heights ranging from 800 to 1,100m over sea level and various microclimates, this is the zone where almost all noble varieties have easily become adapted. It is a region that is remarkably well-suited to vine culture, protected from the Pacific’s cooling influence by the Andes and enjoying a long summer of cool nights and warm days, with a dry summer climate but plenty of water available from the region’s rivers. Malbec in particular is outstanding from this area, and it has clearly emerged as the star, the darling of both consumers and critics.


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