Bodega Catena Zapata Alta Malbec 2013 (Mendoza, Argentina) "...blackberry, blueberry, licorice..."
Nicola Catena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902. His grandson, Nicolás Catena, is known as the man who revolutionized Argentine wine and introduced high altitude Malbec to the world. The Historic Catena Zapata vineyards are planted with the Catena family’s proprietary selection of malbec plants: the Catena Cuttings. Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from Block 18 of the Angélica vineyard, Block 4 of the La Pirámide vineyard, Block 1 of the Nicasia vineyard and Blocks 3 & 9 of the Adrianna vineyard.
“A rich and opulent red with exuberant fruit of blackberry and blueberry. Full body, fine tannins. Racy.” – 94 Points, James Suckling
“A superb effort, the aromatic and richly-fruited 2013 Catena Alta Historic Rows Malbec is both stylish and generous. The wine's red and black fruit aromas and flavors show the added charm of violets and licorice. (Tasted April 12, 2017, San Francisco, CA USA)” – 94 Points, Wilfred Wong (Wine.com)
“I had two vintages to taste of a blend from their best vineyards, Angelica (Lunlunta), La Piramide (Agrelo), Nicasia (Altamira) and Adrianna (Gualtallary), one of them the 2013 Catena Alta Malbec, from a cool vintage that produced very balanced and fresh wines. There is contained ripeness and subtle aromas, harmonious, with unnoticeable oak aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, with soft, polished tannins and great acidity.” – 94 Points, Wine Advocate
“Delicate floral nose of wild violet and lavender, enhanced by a touch of pink pepper and fresh herbs. Fleshy, full-bodied, with a strong structure, fine grained tannins and well-integrated oak. An excellent bottle of Malbec with typicity.” – 92 Points, Decanter