Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2019

Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2019

 

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Catena Zapata
Nicasia Malbec 2019
  • Vintage : 2019
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Mendoza
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14,8°
  • Grappes : 100% Malbec

From high altitude vineyards, Catena produce this aromatic wine full of ripe black fruits, sweet spices and thyme. The palate is packed full of dark berries, liquorice and bitter chocolate.

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 97 2019
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 96 2019
JS James Suckling 95 2019
TA Tim Atkin 94 2019
WS Wine Spectator 93 2019
W&S Wines & Spirits 91 2019
WE Wine Enthusiast 94 2018
DCT Decanter 95 2013
IWC International Wine Challenge 95 2013
More information on wine critics and ratings
Nicasia is the name of the vineyard that the Malbec grapes used to make this wine come from. It is a very complex full bodied wine with aromas of black cherry, blueberry and spices. On the palate there are intense flavours of red fruits and vanilla.
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

Robert Parker (RP) : 97 Points (2019)
The 2019 Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard comes from a vineyard planted in Altamira in 1996 at 1,095 meters above sea level with an old massale selection. It has contained ripeness and 13.7% alcohol from a cooler year in a warmer place. It's a classical Malbec, balanced and elegant but also powerful with fine tannins. It finishes with violets and spice. It's a Malbec with spicy oak. Best after 2022.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 96 Points (2019)
From Paraje Altamira, the 2019 Malbec Nicasia Vineyard was made with grapes from a selected set of rows in Parcel #1 of the Nicasia Vineyard and aged for 24 months in new and second use French barrels. Dense, bright purple in the glass. The fruitiness of the complex, attractive nose is down to the region. The nose delivers a mixture of fresh plum and blackberry with lavender and violet aromas, hints of country herb and notes from the aging process. Broad but delicate in the mouth with good energy. The palate is gently sculpted by chalky tannins made juicy by the freshness. The fruity intensity is enhanced by the texture. A superb Malbec. (JH) (11/2021)

James Suckling (JS) : 95 Points (2019)
Intense nose of blackberries, dark plums, stones, tar, tea leaves and licorice. Full-bodied with firm, focused tannins. Compact and precise. Mineral yet caressing finish. Give this time. A little viognier co-fermented with malbec.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 94 Points (2019)
Inky, profound and effortlessly smooth, with some of the chalky minerality that comes with the territory in Paraje Altamira, the Nicasia Malbec is layered, glossy and very appealing, with sappy graphite and blackberry flavours and some sweet mocha oak.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 93 Points (2019)
Offers an alluring entry of loam, wood spice and fresh thyme, while the palate is fresh and enlivened by mineral acidity. Rich and full, with flavors of mocha-accented blackberry and plum that linger nicely around velvety tannins. Drink now

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 91 Points (2019)
Catena planted its mass selection at the Nicasia Vineyard in 1996, in the southern reaches of La Consulta, producing a wine that’s welcoming in its restraint. Its saline, cherry-skin flavors slowly cede ground to a richer finish, the flavors trending towards baking spice while the tannins remain fresh.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 94 Points (2018)
The nose is aromatic, opening with thyme, plum and dark chocolate. Coming from Paraje Altamira, this wine presents the character of the region, featuring vibrant acidity and mineral texture. Herbaceous notes blend with tobacco and chocolate on the juicy palate. It's well structured and offers subtle notes of plum and cherry in the finish. It's elegant, promising and complex.Editors' Choice

Decanter (DCT) : 95 Points (2013)
Very pleasing herbal, mint, plum notes leading onto a citrus finish. Harmonious and elegant, there is an extra dimension here with potential to develop.

International Wine Challenge (IWC) : 95 Points (2013)
Catena’s Nicasia Vineyard is located in Mendoza’s Uco Valley. The vineyard has 100-acres planted to Malbec, which is set on sandy soils at 3500 feet elevation. The 2013 wine was aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak prior to bottling prior to an additional 24 months in the bottle. This inky colored wine is rather reticent at first and needs some time to unwind before eventually releasing seductive aromatics reminiscent of black cherry compote, crème de cassis, blueberry pie, mocha and graphite nuances all taking shape. Stunningly smooth and soft on the mid-palate, this wine shows off blackberry jam, espresso bean, dark chocolate shavings and blueberry pie flavors which expand beautifully across the palate. Beautifully structured, and highly gratifying, this world-class Malbec will cellar fabulously for many years to come.

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