Catena Zapata 2020 Nicolás Catena Zapata


"2020 was a very dry and low-yielding year, with 20% to 30% less crop, and the grapes were picked early. The 2020 Nicolás Catena Zapata was produced with a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 21% Malbec, higher in Franc than ever, for the first time more than Malbec, to compensate the warm and dry conditions. The wine is ripe and very peppery, with 13.9% alcohol and a pH of 3.64. It matured in new and second-use French oak barrels for 18 months. It was a healthy crop with concentration and ripeness, and the wine comes through as powerful and quite classical, still a little oaky, with power and balance."Robert Parker 95 Points

With its inaugural 1997 vintage, Nicolás Catena Zapata became the first luxury cuvée from Argentina to be exported around the world. The wine recreates the “Original Bordeaux Blend” of the 18th and 19th Centuries, when Malbec dominated over Merlot and was in equal standing to Cabernet Sauvignon in the Médoc. Prephylloxeric Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon massale selections of ungrafted vines give rise to this wine, opening a window to the past from the mountain vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina.

Adrianna cru
Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec
Gualtallary, Uco Valley
Calcareous soil with gravels
15 Hectares
Planted in 1992
Altitude: 1450 meters a.s.l

Nicasia cru
Malbec and Cabernet Franc
Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley
Large gravel mixed with sand and loam
17 Hectares
Planted in 1996
Altitude: 1095 meters a.s.l

Wine Director: Alejandro Vigil
Winemaker: Fernando Buscema
Varietal: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet franc, 21% Malbec
Alcohol: 13.90%
Total Acidity: 5.7 grams/liter
pH: 3.64

The harvest is done by hand and the fermentation takes place in small oak barrels, concrete and stainless-steel tanks, at temperatures of 26-28ºC for about 10-15 days. The post-fermentative maceration lasts between 5 and 10 days. The wine carries out the malolactic fermentation and is then aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. At the end of our winter Dr. Nicolás Catena Zapata oversees the final blend before bottling.

Bottle Size: All bottles are 750ML unless otherwise noted.

21 and Over: Adult Signature Required

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