Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata 2018

Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata 2018

 

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Catena Zapata
Nicolas Catena Zapata 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Mendoza
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14,5°
  • Grappes : 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec

A full-bodied, powerful yet elegant effort with great depth and volume, precision balance, and a voluptuous personality.

Experts Score Vintage
TA Tim Atkin 96 2018
JS James Suckling 96 2018
RP Robert Parker 96 2018
DCT Decanter 97 2016
W&S Wines & Spirits 96 2016
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 94 2015
WE Wine Enthusiast 93 2014
WS Wine Spectator 91 2012
More information on wine critics and ratings
This is the top wine produced by the legendary Argentine winemaker Nicholas Catena.

It has intense and complex flavours of ripe black fruit, dark chocolate, pepper and spicy oak. It is a full-bodied and powerful wine.
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

Tim Atkin (TA) : 96 Points (2018)
Nicolás, as aficionados know it, is an Argentinian red that ages brilliantly in bottle, easily surpassing a decade or more. A harmonious marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Malbec, it is detailed, elegant, polished, complex and effortlessly refined, with subtle 50% new wood, cassis, bramble and black cherry fruit, some leafy undertones and a long, tapering finish.

James Suckling (JS) : 96 Points (2018)
Aromas of blackberries, grilled meat, blackcurrants and wet earth. Full-bodied, tight and compact with dense dark berries and currants. Linear and long with a tight, focused palate. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and malbec.

Robert Parker (RP) : 96 Points (2018)
The 2018 Nicolás Catena Zapata was produced with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary (Adrianna vineyard, with the Cabernet Sauvignon interplanted with some Cabernet Franc) and 35% Malbec from Altamira (Nicasia vineyard). They no longer use grapes from Agrelo, and this is also a lot higher in Malbec than in other recent vintages. So, it has a very different profile, a change that started in 2017, with more contained ripeness and more freshness, and the wine is intense, keeping some of the Cabernet character (tobacco, blackberries) and the floral notes from Malbec. It comes through as balanced and harmonious, with very fine tannins and a long finish and perfect ripeness. This aims to revive the style of Bordeaux before phylloxera, from massal selection of ungrafted vines... 62,400 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2019.

Decanter (DCT) : 97 Points (2016)
The 2016 vintage is a classic example, a superb blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 31% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc that’s still in its infancy. Subdued aromas of cassis, black cherries and nuanced herbaceous and tobacco notes. A lovely fluid entrance builds on concentration and complexity. Malbec’s seductive juiciness joins a vertical Cabernet structure, tannins and integrated oak, with a long, lingering finish. A wine to wait for.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 96 Points (2016)
This is a blend of 61 percent cabernet sauvignon with 31 percent malbec and the remainder cabernet franc. It grows in three vineyards in Argelo, Gualtallary and Paraje Altamira ranging from 3,000 feet of elevation to 4,790. In the cool 2016 vintage, with yields down 40 to 50 percent of normal, this wine has a calm gravity, layering cassis, mint and tobacco aromas that gently pull you in. Faint dark-chocolate tannins frame the lightly spiced pale cherry fruit. It would be well-suited to any beef dish, but the wine is complex enough to be a meal on its own. Find someone who wants to sit with you and savor it for hours, appreciating each new contour and expression of the Andes.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 94 Points (2015)
(14.2% alcohol: made from vines in both Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo): Bright ruby-red. Pungent aromas of cassis, blackberry, herbs and grapefruit are pure and unadorned. Juicy and stylish in a European style, conveying an impression of delicacy and terrific penetration. This is sweeter and suppler than the 2015 Nicasia Vineyard Malbec but I'm not sure that it's deeper. Finishes with a powerful spine, strong supporting acidity and terrific length. (ST) (7/2018)

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 93 Points (2014)
Smooth aromas of berry fruits, fig, tobacco and chocolate signal a well-oaked blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Malbec. This signature wine for Catena is powerful and lusty on the palate, with flavors of toasty oak, fig, blackberry and spice all rolled into a fine whole. Long and toasty on the finish, this should be at its peak in a couple of years. Drink through 2026. *Cellar Selection* (MS) (3/2019)

Wine Spectator (WS) : 91 Points (2012)
Shows touches of elegance to the dried plum, red berry and cherry tart flavors, featuring plenty of engaging minerality. The layered finish offers a lively mix of green olive, graphite and forest floor notes. Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2019.

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RP
92
JS
93
TA
91
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WS
91
RP
93
W&S
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RP
98
W&S
95
JS
96
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JS
94
WS
92
RP
93
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RP
92
RP
91
JS
91
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RP
91
JS
92
WE
88
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90
JS
97
VN
95
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WS
96
JS
99
RP
97
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WS
93
RP
99
JS
100
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Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata 2018 Reviewed by Tim Atkin 06-12-2021 . Score: 5