July 4, 2019 - Decanted and drunk fairly soon thereafter with BBQ ribs. Young looking, medium to dark garnet. Nose is pretty vanilla and dark fruited with some spice. Pretty rich texture with a chewy dark fruit palate with a spiced undertone and medium long finish. Probably still evolving and not near peak. Still quite nice with the food.
March 10, 2019 - Still a vivid purple color. Youthful nose of creme de cassis, blackberry jam new wood, cigar and spice box. Medium-full bodied and seamless. What a beautiful texture! Absolutely elegant in every aspect, this is perfectly balanced with flavors of red and black fruits, spicy new wood and just starting to show the barest hint of early maturity. Drink now-2029 95
February 15, 2019 - Decanted 2 hours. This bottle was not as good as my last one in 2017. A lot of friut but less depht and complexity. 91-92 pts.
December 25, 2018 - Really drinking well now. 45 minute decant provided clean red fruit with minimal tannins. Time to-drink this baby.
June 2, 2018 - Winebar [4 Whites, 8 Reds, & 2 *shared* VERY spectacular bottles] from 06/01/18] (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): Dr. Tom, this was *fabulous*! You're TOO much, you know! :)
65% C.S. & 35% Malbec 50% ea barrel & bin fermented @ low temps, aged 24 mos in 100% new FR oak; 14.0% ABV, 5.8 grams/liter T.A., & 3.72 pH; 4,500 cs made, per WS.
N: GORGEOUS smoke, berries, rest tough to parse
P: MF, poss Med, body; LOVELY, ALMOST swtish frt met by balancing acidity which slowly, SEAMLESSLY transitions into a very LONG, impeccably BALANCED finish with NOTHING out of place/standing out! Drink NOW for its perfection, but I can SEE holding it for several more. They don't get MUCH better than this! My EXCEPTIONAL! 98 pts WA, 94 WE @ $120, 93+ Tanzer, & 92 WS.
April 28, 2018 - Drank at diner party with Tim and Mandy. Beef casserole for the main. Had been looking forward to this- and it pretty much didn’t disappoint. Dark in the glass, with secondary cigar box emerging but still lots of primary fruit. More tannins than usual Argentinian- heavy cab sav ratio. Needs food. Spices in the nose rather than chocolate. My biggest gripe would be what another member said- it’s price to quality ratio isn’t great.
February 22, 2018 - Um concentrado e refinado tinto. Aromas de frutas azuis e negras, cassis, grafite, expresso e chocolate meio amargo. Na boca é intenso, harmonioso e com surpreendente suavidade. Acho que isso é elegância. Acidez suficiente para o equilíbrio do conjunto e taninos finos com textura sedosa e aderente . Um belo final condimentado com café e chocolate meio amargo. 2007 foi um grande ano para a Catena Zapata, os Malbecs Adrianna e Nicasia também são espetaculares.
November 12, 2017 - Opened and let sit for an hour. This was our contribution to our wine group’s fall tasting. Tasted immediately upon opening and there was tremendous bottle variation. Surprisingly, they ended up at the same place after an hour when we started drinking in earnest. Muted currant, leather, herbs, espresso. Medium bodied, good finish. Good wine but terrible QPR. Just reinforces my judgement that Jay Miller had no business writing for the Wine Advocate.
August 27, 2017 - Dark purple. Pleasant aromas of cherry and currant and oak with some vanilla. Definitely new world in style. Flavors of black currant, green pepper, and tobacco. Seems quite mature and everything is integrated. Not as powerful as I remembered in the past, which is not necessarily a bad things. Maybe this is hitting is prime?
July 5, 2017 - Cork was good...wine not so much! Spoiled like a baby in storage only to discover that the wine was flawed from the outset.