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Nicolas Catena Zapata 2016

Catena Zapata

Case Format: 6x75cl

Bodega Catena Zapata is one of the foremost wine estates in Mendoza, Argentina. Founded in 1902 and still in family hands, it is particularly known for its rich, full-bodied red wines produced from from Malbec. The estate is made up of six vineyards in the Luján de Cuyo, Tupungato and San Carlos sub-regions of Mendoza, at altitudes ranging from 3000 to 4750 feet (920 to 1450 meters) above sea level. The winery, with its striking Mayan-influenced pyramid shape, is located in Agrelo, in Luján de Cuyo.

Named after Nicolás Catena Zapata’s youngest daughter, the Adrianna Vineyard is located at almost 5,000 feet elevation in Mendoza. The soils in this 1.4 hectare parcel are filled with scattered limestone and marine deposits that covered the region millions of years ago. The limestone layers are well-drained and particularly rich in rhizobacteria, the microorganisms that help vine roots withstand stress and absorb nutrients. Thus, the name “mundus bacillus terrae” or “elegant microbes of the earth”.



Tamlyn Currin

So much more floral than the 2018. Violets, talc, lavender. The massive power geometry of the 2018 contrasts sharply with the brushstroke-oval of the 2016. A long, slim wine of almost ethereal proportions. Fresh-picked peppermint leafiness layers under blueberries under panpipe notes of white pepper. Breathtakingly fragrant fine. A whisper of blueberries. This is absolutely stunning. They say drink between 2038 to 2045, but I am going to once again make a much more conservative estimate. (TC)

Alistair Cooper MW

Still very primary aromatically, with dark as well as blue fruits, floral notes and a sweet spice. A very tightly wound palate with roasted coffee, blueberry and gravelly notes. This is a total baby and will be closed for business for many years. Has the hallmark of a very polished, sleek and classy wine. (AC)


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