BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA 'Nicolas Catena Zapata' 2011


2016 TOP 100 WINES | Rank #34


This esteemed wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet and 20% Malbec that head winemaker Alejandro Vigil aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak and then for an additional 24 months in the bottle. The wine was sourced from high elevation vineyards (La Piramide, Domingo, Adrianna and Nicasia) and some of the choicest fruit selected by the winemaker. The resultant wine is completely stunning. There are rich aromas of anise, crème de cassis, coffee grounds, violets, rose petals and suggestions of leather. On the palate the wine brings dense flavors reminiscent of creme de cassis, blueberry pie, anise, mocha, spicebox, sandalwood and a graphite edge. Even more expressive and irresistible after a one hour decant, the silky texture of this red blend is bordering ethereal. This is every bit as good as the absolutely exceptional 2010, showing similar range and viscosity. There is little doubt this excellent blend will age gracefully for decades, but is completely impossible to resist at this juncture. (Best 2016-2030) - August, 2016 (OB)


Wine Specifications


  • Report Date: August, 2016
  • Producer: Bodega Catena Zapata
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Drinking Window: 2016-2030
  • Estimated Value: $130
  • Country: Argentina
  • Region: Mendoza
  • Appellation: Uco Valley
  • Importer: Winebow

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