2005 Catena Zapata "Nicolás Catena Zapata" Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza

SKU #1117803 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The flagship wines begin with the purple/black-colored 2005 Nicolas Catena Zapata, a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Malbec. The fruit was sourced from four of the estate’s finest high-elevation vineyards, and aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak. The brooding bouquet delivers pain grille, mineral, violet, scorched earth, pepper, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas leading to a dense, opulent wine with gobs of savory fruit, ripe tannins, terrific concentration, and a 60-second finish. Allow it 6-8 years in the cellar to reveal its full potential and enjoy it from 2015 to 2030. (JM)  (12/2008)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Catena’s signature wine is Cabernet Sauvignon-based, and it’s a purple haze of dense, exotic aromas that lean toward lavender, flower petals and black fruit. It’s saturated and fruity to the point of no return, with impeccable structure and mouthfeel. An avalanche of flavor and style. (MS)  (8/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Dark, but very alluring, with inviting incense, warm espresso and molten chocolate cake notes up front, followed by hoisin sauce, graphite, mulled black currant and blackberry fruit flavors. The long finish courses with fruit and loads of buried grip. (JM, Web Only-2010)

92 points Vinous

 (14.6% alcohol; 5.81 g/l acidity; 3.63 pH): Healthy medium ruby. Pungent scents of blackberry, cassis, violet and licorice. Very concentrated, plush and broad but at the same time classically dry and quite young, conveying a strong impression of medicinal reserve. The rising black fruit and spice finish displays excellent length, but the wine's firm spine of acidity and slightly dusty tannins call for patience. I find this more backward than the 2004. (ST) 92+  (10/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec. Pretty complex and intriguing. Polished and whole This actually tastes more complete and flattering than the Malbec Argentino 2005. Well done! 18/20 points  (10/2008)

Wine & Spirits

 Sweet blackberry flavors complement the notes of spice cake and chocolate in this wine's opulent tannins. This is a big, warm and muscular wine that will match slow-cooked beef.  (2/2009)


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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.