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93
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Bodega Catena Zapata 2007 Catena Alta Malbec (Mendoza)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $50

One sniff tells you plenty: there’s attractive spice, coffee and leather to go with rich molasses and broad black-fruit aromas. The palate maintains balance due to fine, fresh acidity, and the flavor profile brings mocha, coffee, berry, plum and toast. Delicious, deep, layered and refined. Will age for at least 5–6 years, but best from 2012–2014.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2011)
93
points

Bodega Catena Zapata 2005 Catena Alta Malbec (Mendoza)

  1. $57

Inky dark and an outstanding example of high-end Malbec. This is the finest Alta we’ve tried; it is ripe as can be but not raisiny. The palate is creamy and lush, but with good acidic balance. And the flavors of black fruits, chocolate and spice make it a league-leader. Drink now through 2012.

 — M.S.  (8/1/2009)
92
points

Bodega Catena Zapata 2009 Catena Alta Malbec (Mendoza)

  1. $55

This is gorgeous on the bouquet, with earth, flower blossom, licorice and sandalwood aromas. It feels lush and layered, with ripe, happy flavors of sultry black fruit and cassis. Fruity, long and delicious on the finish, this is a very easy Malbec to dig into now and until 2015.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2012)
92
points

Bodega Catena Zapata 2007 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $50

Deep, lush, balanced and oaky, with bacon, floral notes and huge raspberry and cassis aromas. Layered and structured across the palate, with concentration and balance to go with lusty cassis, blackberry, mocha and spice flavors. Finishes toasty and dark, with waves of espresso and mocha. Now–2015.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2011)
92
points

Bodega Catena Zapata 2006 Catena Alta Malbec (Mendoza)

  1. $55

There’s no drop-off in this wine from the excellent 2005. Expect blackberry, cassis and dry balsam wood/cedar aromas. The palate is lush and chewy, but also vital and lively. Toasty, dark berry flavors get a softening of vanilla on the finish. A winner to drink now through 2013.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2010)
92
points

Bodega Catena Zapata 2005 Catena Alta Chardonnay (Mendoza)

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  1. $35

Since we last tried this wine, Catena has dialed back the new oak and pumped up the natural acidity. And the result is pleasantly akin to fine Burgundy. Now the emphasis is on refined, Dijon-style apple and peach flavors with great mouthfeel. Drink now.

 — M.S.  (8/1/2008)
90
points

Bodega Catena Zapata 2009 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)

  1. $55

Thick and chewy, this Cabernet is all Argentine in its weight and character. It feels full, with candied, creamy dark-fruit flavors that are backed by caramel and spice notes. The wine is hugely flavorful and expansive on the finish, showing brown-sugar sweetness and toasty warmth. Drink now–2017.

 — M.S.  (12/31/2012)
90
points

Bodega Catena Zapata 2009 Catena Alta Chardonnay (Mendoza)

  1. $33

Yellow tinted, with toasty, creamy aromas of baked apple and pear. Feels round and fleshy but fresh, with peach and baked apple flavors blended with copious toasty oak. Toasty and long on the finish; a high-quality Chardonnay for sure.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2012)
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