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Catena Zapata Alta Malbec 2015

Catena Zapata Alta Malbec 2015

SKU 098709088603


Appearance: A deep violet color, with blue reflections. Aroma: The nose is elegant and complex with ripe red and black berry fruits, notes of violets and lavender and a touch of leather, spice and vanilla flavors. Mouth Feel: The palate is full and rich with soft and sweet tannins and a silky, smooth structure. Mulitple layers of rich cassis, black currant and blackberries are interwoven with hints ofl icorice and black pepper. Its lengthy finish is marked by wonderful minerality, finely grained tannins and lively acidity. Food Pairing: Pair with braised duck with apples, or Grilled beef filet.
Category Red Wine
Region Argentina, Mendoza
Brand Catena Zapata
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateAs with the other varietals of the range, I also had two vintages of this to compare, starting with the older 2015 Catena Alta Malbec. It is a mixture of grapes from multiple vineyards: Angelica, La Pirámide, Nicasia, Adrianna and Angélica Sur. It fermented in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels and had an élevage of some 18 months in French oak. You can notice the slightly riper year, and it does suffer a bit in comparison with the truly superb 2016 even though it's a noteworthy expression of Malbec with great freshness for the climatic conditions of the year. 66,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2016.

Luis Gutierrez, June 29, 2018
  • js93

James SucklingWonderfully fresh violets on the nose with just a hint of clove. Rich, powerful, creamy and fresh, with a long, polished finish. A serious Argentinian malbec with great balance. Drink or hold.

March 2018
  • v90

VinousMedium ruby-red. Complex aromas and flavors of black raspberry, currant, licorice and bitter chocolate; not quite as black fruit in character as many Argentine Malbecs. Classic intensely flavored, saline wine with excellent density and a touch of sweetness without any impression of weight. Very classy juice--but I’d give its dusty tannins another year or so to harmonize with the wine’s fruit.

Antonio Galloni, July 2018
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorFinely textured, offering concentrated dark plum, cream and spice flavors that are well-structured. The finish lengthens out nicely, with minerally notes. Drink now through 2021.

Kim Marcus, December 15, 2018