2005 Nicolas Catena Zapata 750ml

Argentina - Mendoza/ Red / Proprietary Blend   |     Watch

WA 98   WS 94   IWC 94(+?)   JR 18   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

The flagship wines begin with the purple/black-colored 2005 Nicolas Catena Zapata, a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Malbec. The fruit was sourced from four of the estate's finest high-elevation vineyards, and aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak. The brooding bouquet delivers pain grille, mineral, violet, scorched earth, pepper, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas leading to a dense, opulent wine with gobs of savory fruit, ripe tannins, terrific concentration, and a 60-second finish.

Drink Dates: 2015-2030
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Dark, but very alluring, with inviting incense, warm espresso and molten chocolate cake notes up front, followed by hoisin sauce, graphite, mulled black currant and blackberry fruit flavors. The long finish courses with fruit and loads of buried grip.

Drink Dates: 2010-2013
Author: James Molesworth

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

This represents a selection of the best fruit from the Catena Zapata vineyards) Full ruby. Superripe aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice, enlivened by minerals, violet, pepper and herbs. Then penetrating, sharply delineated and impressively concentrated, with a serious backbone supporting its very fresh currant and mineral flavors. This strikes me as less exotic and porty than the 2004 version, not to mention less exotic than the 2005 Nicasia Vineyard bottling. Still a tad tight in the middle, but the vibrant, echoing finish suggests that this wine will have even more to say in five or six years.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: 142

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% MalbecPretty complex and intriguing. Polished and whole This actually tastes more complete and flattering than the Malbec Argentino 2005. Well done!

Drink Dates: 2008-2013
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 98
Author: gjsantoro
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/04/2013

Rating: 96
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/29/2014
Aging beautifully and at prime. Hard edges have softened. Very full bodied with long finish.

Rating: 96
Author: botro
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/05/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2025
Superb wine with excellent structure of fresh and dried fruit, layers of tannin and a very long finish. Extremely smooth and very enjoyable. Although expensive, it will rival wines costing more

Rating: 95
Author: jsp2000
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/19/2012

Average rating: 94, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

991 bottles owned by 263 collectors.

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About This Producer

Bodega Catena Zapata is located in the renowned Mendoza wine region of Argentina. Paul Hobbs helped put this winery on the map years ago, and its reputaion has done nothing but continue to rise over the last decade. The inaugural cuvee had its release with the stupendous (in Argentina) 1997 vintage. With the help of his daughter, Laura, owner Nicolas Catena is slated to likely become one of the best known names in the Argentine wine industry. Not too be missed is their Catena "Alta" line of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery's many labels include Nicolas Catena Zapata, Catena Alta, Catena, Alamos, Saint Felicien, DV Catena, Angelica Zapata, and Catena Zapata Estiba Reservada.

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