Zapata Malbec Argentino 2008

CATENA

Zapata Malbec Argentino
2008

  • Vegan
Product code
885291
Format
6 x 750ml
Listing type
Allocated
Status
Available
Type of product
Still wine
Country
Argentina
Regulated designation
Geographical Indication (GI)
Region
Mendoza
Varietal(s)
Malbec 100 %
Colour
Red
Closure type
Cork
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About this winery

At heart, Catena is a story about family. Family who poured their lives, passion and spirit into transforming scrub-laden desert into some of the most beautiful and unique vineyards in the world. Family that passed their knowledge from generation to generation, blending collective memory with state-of-the-art science from the new world of viticulture. Family who, through risk-taking, faith and a little luck, transformed their treasured Mendoza terroir into the fountainhead of the award-winning...

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Product notes

In general terms, 2007 showed excellent levels of quality and concentration. The growing season was characterized by warmer than usual daytime temperatures with colder nighttime lows. 2007 also presented a higher than normal amount of both general precipitation and violent hail storms. In sandy/rocky soil areas of the Uco Valley, sanitary conditions, aromas and tannin development were absolutely extraordinary. The harvest was earlier than usual by between 14-30, days, depending on the area.

VINEYARDS:

Adrianna Vineyard, Gualtallary district 5,000’ elevation
Nicasia Vineyard, Altamira district 3,870’ elevation

Production notes

De-stemmed, whole berry fruit is hand loaded into 225, 400 and 600 liter new French oak barrels; 100% barrel fermented for seamless oak integration; low fermentation temperatures extract intense aromas; all cap management done by hand for soft, gentle flavor and tannin extraction; alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel leaves considerable lees and sediment.

Tasting notes

Saturated dark violet color; intense nose of cassis, mocha and clove, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. Combination of density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of dark berries, tobacco, spices and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.

Press reviews

Wine Advocate

- 97 points -

Jay S Miller, December 2011

The 2008 Argentino Malbec is a blend of 65% Adrianna and 35% Nicasia fruit. It, too, spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. The Argentino offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile but with just a bit of extra nuance, presumably because of the blending. Dense, rich, and voluptuous, this lengthy effort should easily achieve its 20th birthday in peak form. It will be most enjoyable to taste these three wines side-by-side in another 10-15 years.

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