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  • ​9/10 vintage in Argentina
  • Nicola Catena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902
  • Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family Estate vineyards
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Dark Red
Nose "There is contained ripeness and subtle aromas, harmonious, with unnoticeable oak aromas." - Robert Parkers Wine Advocate
Palate "The palate is medium-bodied, with soft, polished tannins and great acidity." - Robert parkers Wine Advocate
Food Pairing Char grilled steak.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes The Catena Alta wines can usually be drunk starting at three years after harvest and into the following one to two decades.
Variety Malbec
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type American Oak
Vintage 2013
Region Mendoza
Country Argentina
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Catena Zapata
“What is pleasing is to find such a famous winery refusing to rest upon its laurels looking forward and asking themselves questions about the style of wines they produce, what ought to be the next stage of their evolution, instead of merely replicating previous successes” - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyard management team have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza, Argentina. Nicolás determined that the same varietal, and even the same clone, presented distinct aromatic and flavor profiles when cultivated in each of these unique microclimates. Implementing the age old art of assemblage, he found that by blending these different lots of the same varietal, he could achieve a more complex wine.

As great artists tap their creative spirit to mix and match colors in the production of magnificent works of art, this wide array of distinct lot selections allows the winemaking team at Bodega Catena Zapata to engage in a creative, intricate process of blending in order to craft the final wine.
Mendoza
Mendoza is by far the largest wine region in Argentina. Located on a high-altitude plateau at the edge of the Andes Mountains, the province is responsible for roughly 70 percent of the country's annual wine production. The French grape variety Malbec has its New World home in the vineyards of Mendoza, producing red wines of great concentration and intensity.

The province lies on the western edge of Argentina, across the Andes Mountains from Chile. While the province is large (it covers a similar area to the state of New York), its viticultural land is clustered mainly in the northern part, just south of Mendoza City. Here, the regions of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and the Uco Valley are home to some of the biggest names in Argentinian wine.

This soil in this region is alluvial with rocky subsoil. It possesses sediments of sand, silt and clay. Its little organic matter restraints the grapevine’s growth and this results in excellent quality grapes suitable for winemaking. Malbec wines from this area hold outstanding features; red and violet tones with great intensity.
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Robert Parker
I had two vintages to taste of a blend from their best vineyards, Angelica (Lunlunta), La Piramide (Agrelo), Nicasia (Altamira) and Adrianna (Gualtallary), one of them the 2013 Catena Alta Malbec, from a cool vintage that produced very balanced and fresh wines. There is contained ripeness and subtle aromas, harmonious, with unnoticeable oak aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, with soft, polished tannins and great acidity.
94
points
James Suckling
A rich and opulent red with exuberant fruit of blackberry and blueberry. Full body, fine tannins. Racy.

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