Catena Zapata Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Catena Zapata Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

 

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Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Mendoza
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Lush blackcurrant, mint and chocolate notes with chewy ripe tannins and a racy, fresh feel. A balance between the restraint of Bordeaux and the Uber-Cabs of California.

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 93 2018
RP Robert Parker 92 2018
JD Jeb Dunnuck 92 2015
TA Tim Atkin 91 2015
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 92+ 2014
WE Wine Enthusiast 92 2012
WS Wine Spectator 90 2012
More information on wine critics and ratings
This wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It is full of aromas and flavours of blackcurrant, mint and a hint of dark chocolate. It is a full bodied, smooth wine which would be great paired with game meats.
Nicola Catena planted his first Malbec vineyards in Mendoza in 1902. Malbec had been a blending grape in Bordeaux, but Nicola suspected it would find its hidden splendor in the Argentine Andes. Fast forward sixty years and Nicola’s grandson Nicolas took the reigns of the family firm. Since the mid-1960s, Nicolas has spent his career building Catena in to one of the world’s best wineries, emulating what his mentor Robert Mondavi achieved in California. Nicolas was a pioneer of… Read more

James Suckling (JS) : 93 Points (2018)
A firm, integrated cabernet with attractive plum and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium body, round tannins and a delicious, flavorful finish. Drink now.

Robert Parker (RP) : 92 Points (2018)
There is a faint roasted note in the nose of the 2018 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc, with more Cabernet Franc in this warmer year (compared with 2019). It has a very classical nose, combining the herbal character of the grape with good ripeness of the year, resulting in a very complete wine, nicely textured and with the serious tannins from the variety.

Jeb Dunnuck (JD) : 92 Points (2015)
While I wasn’t able to taste the 2016, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Catena Alta Historic Rows showed beautifully, with plenty of cassis and black cherry fruits, notes of leafy herbs, damp earth, and cedar, medium to full body, and silky, polished tannins. I love its balance and purity, and while it’s certainly delicious today, I suspect it will cruise for 10-15 years on its balance and overall harmony.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 91 Points (2015)
The 5% Cabernet Franc that features in the blend here may not sound like a lot, but it adds a leafy top note to this elegant, refreshing, well-judged Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon. Zesty and balanced, with plum and blueberry fruit and a fresh finish.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 92+ Points (2014)
July 2017 - Stephen Tanzer - Bright dark red. A bit muskier and lower-toned on the nose than the Catena Alta Malbec, offering scents of dark berries and chocolate. Then opened quickly and gained in verve, showing e fine-grained texture and a high-altitude light touch to its spicy red and darker berry flavors. Pungent acidity is keeping this juicy wine quite tight today.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 92 Points (2012)
oresty, earthy aromas of leather and black fruits are rugged and a touch rustic. In the mouth, this is voluminous and chewy, with fresh acidity. Flavors of licorice, herbs, pepper, plum and blackberry finish with light herbal notes and bright acidity that will ensure a fairly long lifespan. Drink through 2024.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 90 Points (2012)
A ripe and deeply spiced red, with dark plum and dried blackberry flavors that are rich and smoky. Fresh acidity provides the backdrop, leading to a long, lingering finish of hoisin sauce and dark chocolate accents.

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