Bodega Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) "...black fruit, red currants, and sweet oak..."
Located in the far southerly growing region of Altamira en La Consulta, the Nicasia vineyard is the only planting of the special Catena Selection of Malbec cuttings in this traditional area for Malbec. La Consulta was Nicolás Catena’s father Domingo’s preferred Malbec location.
“The 2012 Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard feels fresher and more harmonious than the 2011, when in reality the vintage character is the opposite. It is sourced from the vineyard that names the wine and that is located in Altamira. The Malbec grapes fermented in open barrels and cement vats with 15% whole-cluster Cabernet Franc. There is one extra level of precision and harmony here. It has an elegant nose and the palate almost reflects the tension in the skin of the grapes with its a velvety texture and great acidity. This is really tasty and long, it could be the best Nicasia ever produced.” 95 Points, wine Advocate
“Vivid aromas of currants and blackberries. So much dark fruit. Violets too. Full body, yet buttressed with a center palate of salty acidity and firm tannins. From grapes grown in Altamira. Persistent and vibrant.” 95 Points, James Suckling
“One of best Malbecs in the marketplace, the age-worthy 2012 Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard bursts with an incredible saturation of black fruit, red currants, and sweet oak. The wine's layered textures pair it perfectly with aged cheeses and conversation. Drinks youthfully now. (Tasted: September 7, 2016, San Francisco, CA USA)” 94 Points, Wilfred Wong (Wine.com)