This is something is extremely special and rare. Not many wines can you say, no matter what the vintage, this wine is more than 100 years old. It represents a family’s journey to produce an Argentine Malbec that can stand with the great wines of the world.
This is one of the big 3 in the Catena Zapata family holdings. It’s got a special place in Nicolas’ heart as it is named after his mother. What makes this vineyard so special in addition to the high elevation is the soil. It’s directly adjacent to a dry river bed that’s rich with light gravel, loam and clay. This makes some of the most complex, sophisticated Malbec that can be found anywhere in the world.
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99 Points, James Suckling
This is made from over 100-year-old vineyards and offers blackberries with blue fruit and dark chocolate. Shows bark and black truffle undertones, too. Tight and more focused than in past vintages. The quality of the tannins is more precise and fine. Blackberries and black truffles at the end. Drink or hold.
96 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
It feels like there was a big change in the 2019 Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino, a year with a vibrant palate and very clean and focused aromas and flavors. They fine-tuned the irrigation and viticulture, and that seems to have increased the precision of the wine. They also did a selection and left the grapes from the borders of the vineyard, which were affected by the paths and other stuff. It’s still a little more voluptuous than the wines from Gualtallary, as this mixes grapes from Angélica (Lunlunta) and Nicasia (Altamira). It’s nicely textured and tasty, medium-bodied and with a vibrant finish.