Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2015
- Wine Advocate Rating: 95
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The 2015 Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino blends grapes from Angélica Vineyard in Lunlunta and Nicasia Vineyard in Altamira. It's a classical Malbec that fermented in 225- and 500-liter rolling oak fermentors and matured in French barrique for 18 months. They have changed the image and also the blend for this wine, which is now all from old vines. The label shows the history of Malbec with four relevant women (including Madam Phylloxera!) from the 12th century to the rebirth in the 20th century. This is ripe and heady, very open and expressive, with violets and juicy fruit. This is a new blend to break the tendency of so many single-vineyard bottlings and goes back to the blending traditions of the past. It shows really well—expressive, open and ready. It kept growing and growing in the glass, becoming more focused and even more fresh, at one point getting very close to the freshness of the 2016! 24,000 bottles produced.
The epic tale of the noble Malbec grape is like no other,and the label for Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino pays tribute to the varietyshistory in France and its rise in Argentina. Four female figures embodydifferent landmarks in the history of the grape. Eleanor of Aquitainerepresents the birth of Malbec. She is a strong, Old World presence, lingeringat the bridge in Cahors, where Malbec came into its own. Next, the Immigrantsymbolizes the movement to the New World and the unknown explorers and adventurerswho connected Europe with the Americas. Phylloxera personifies the death ofMalbec in the Old World, which enabled its rebirth in the new. Finally, thereis Bodega Catena Zapata, represented by Adrianna Catena, who depicts birth,earth, and motherhood, sharing the riches of the New World. Today, the Catenafamilys fourth generation leads the high-altitude renaissance inArgentina. We are returning Malbec tothe sky... where it belongs.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Rating Source||Wine Advocate|
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