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Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2021

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Vintage: 2021
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  • JS 96
  • VIN 96
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In the heart of Argentina’s renowned Mendoza region, an extraordinary wine emerges from the legacy and innovation of Bodega Catena Zapata, known as the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino. This wine is not merely a beverage but a story of passion, tradition, and the relentless pursuit of quality that has spanned over a century. The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino is a testament to the vision of the Catena family, who have dedicated themselves to mastering the art of Malbec, bringing Argentine viticulture to the forefront of the global wine scene.
The journey of the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino begins in the meticulously cared-for vineyards of Nicasia and Angelica, where the terroir’s unique characteristics imbue the grapes with their distinctive flavors. Here, the combination of high altitude, intense sunlight, and cool nights crafts the perfect environment for growing the Malbec grape, resulting in wines of profound complexity and depth. The 2021 vintage of the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino encapsulates the essence of these vineyards, offering a rich tapestry of aromas and flavors that speak to the soul of Mendoza’s land.
Upon pouring, the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino reveals its deep violet hue, a prelude to the sensory journey that awaits. The wine’s aroma is a complex bouquet of cassis, blueberries, and violets, with earthy undertones that evoke the rich soils from which it springs. These scents are derived from the old vines of the Nicasia and Angelica vineyards, reflecting the wine’s noble lineage and the care invested in its cultivation.
Tasting the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino is an experience of harmony between density and sweetness, where flavors of mocha, dark berries, and spice are complemented by a mineral essence. The finish is long and memorable, dominated by the taste of sweet black and blue fruits, leaving an enduring impression on the palate. The integration of oak is seamless, with 100% barrel fermentation in new French oak adding a subtle complexity and elegance to the wine.
Esteemed wine critics have recognized the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino’s excellence, with James Suckling and Wine Advocate awarding the 2021 vintage 96 points for its balance, rich profile, and finely grained tannins. Vinous also celebrated the wine with a 95-point rating, underscoring its exceptional quality and character.
Beyond its sensory appeal, the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino represents the pinnacle of Argentine Malbec, embodying the dedication and innovation of the Catena family. Through generations, the Catenas have elevated Malbec to unprecedented heights, showcasing the grape’s potential to produce world-class wines. The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2021 is a crowning achievement in this endeavor, a symbol of how far Argentine Malbec has come and the exciting future that lies ahead.
For wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino is more than a wine; it is a journey through the history and heart of Argentine viticulture. Each bottle is an invitation to explore the rich tapestry of flavors and aromas that define this iconic wine, offering a taste of the passion and craftsmanship that have made Catena Zapata a benchmark in the world of wine.
In conclusion, the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino stands as a monument to the art of winemaking, a blend of tradition and innovation that captures the spirit of Argentina’s wine country. It is a wine that not only delights the senses but also tells the story of a family’s dedication to excellence, a story that continues to unfold with each vintage. As the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino graces tables and wine collections around the world, it serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of the Catena family and the boundless potential of Argentine Malbec.

12 reviews for Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2021

  1. Gloria Brahm

    The Catena Zapata Malbec Mendoza Argentino is an ode to Argentine viticulture. The licorice, dark chocolate, and cassis notes are simply mesmerizing.

  2. Gary Thigpen

    The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino is a sensory delight! Its rich blackberry and plum notes are beautifully accented by hints of oak and vanilla. A perfect blend of dark fruit and earthy undertones, a must-try for wine enthusiasts!

  3. Arlene Kolodziej

    Impeccable! The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentina is a symphony of plum, black fruit, and a hint of tobacco. Its complexity is fascinating!

  4. Elizabeth Sparks

    This Catena Argentina Malbec is a dance of raspberry, minerals, and a whisper of smoke. It’s a bold wine with a soft finish.

  5. Vera Smith

    The Catena Zapata Wines are truly a testament to winemaker Ernesto Bajda’s expertise. This Malbec Argentino with its red fruit and mocha hints is exceptional.

  6. Karen Yu

    The Catena Malbec Mendoza Argentina is a harmonious blend of blackcurrant, leather, and a hint of cocoa. An exceptional vintage, indeed!

  7. Cheryl Cervantes

    If you’re a fan of Malbec wines, the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino Mendoza is a great pick. The cherry and dark fruit flavors are perfectly balanced.

  8. Andrea Bass

    Just had the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino Mendoza, and it’s exceptional! The bouquet of black cherry, leather, and tobacco, with a hint of dark chocolate, is enchanting. One of the best Malbec wines I’ve tasted!

  9. Charlotte Stacy

    The Catena Argentina Malbec is truly a must-try for wine enthusiasts. Its earthy tones combined with the sweet hint of vanilla is a heavenly combo.

  10. Leanne Broberg

    The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino has a robust character. The black cherry, violet, and a touch of pepper make it a true standout.

  11. Paul Steward

    The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentina offers a unique blend of chocolate, blueberry, and cedar. It’s like a warm hug in a bottle!

  12. Brandi Stanwick

    This Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino is a delight! The oak and blackberry notes are so soothing, it’s like a lullaby for your taste buds.

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What does Catena Zapata Malbec taste like?

It melds richness and sweetness together, complemented by the robust flavors of tobacco, dark berries, spices, and minerals. The finish, which leaves a lasting impression on the palate, is characterized by the dominant sweet tastes of black and blue fruits.

Is Catena Malbec sweet or dry?

Less rich and sweet exhibiting a somewhat youthful stiffness, this wine has a narrower range of flavors and complexity, leading to tannins that feel a bit dry. While it may not stand up to many of Catena Zapata's current red wine releases, within the framework of its own vintage, it still marks a success.

What is the story of Catena Zapata Malbec?

The tale of Catena mirrors the evolution of wine in Argentina. Established in 1902, Bodega Catena Zapata has been instrumental in revitalizing the Malbec variety and exploring the unique high-altitude terroirs in the Andes' foothills within the Mendoza region.

Who owns Catena Zapata?

Dr. Laura Catena serves as the Managing Director of Bodega Catena Zapata, which holds the distinction of being Argentina's oldest family-owned winery that remains under family management. Beyond her leadership role, she is also a physician, a researcher, and an accomplished author.

What does Catena mean in wine?

The Catena wines are composed of distinct varietal batches sourced from the Catena family's own vineyards. Each vineyard is segmented into individual lots, which are harvested at different times and specifically crafted to contribute to the final blend of each Catena wine variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Chardonnay.

Critical Acclaim

WA 96
Wine Advocate
The very young but already harmonious 2021 Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino has one of the showier labels from the Catena portfolio. 2021 was a cooler year, as cold as 2016, but instead of a wet year like 2016, it was dry. The wine is juicy and reveals a vibrant palate and very clean and focused aromas and flavors. It's clean and precise with varietal aromas of violets, ripe berries and herbs and a spicy touch from the élevage in oak. It's another great vintage for this blend of grapes from the vineyards of Angélica (Lunlunta) and Nicasia (Altamira). It's nicely textured and tasty, medium to full-bodied and with a vibrant finish. 60,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2022.
JS 96
James Suckling
A really well-balanced malbec here that is slightly spicier and richer. Black cherries, dark olives and some violets. Fleshy and almost full-bodied on the palate with juicy, naturally rendered fruit and very fine-grained tannins. Balance is the word. Drink or hold.
VIN 96
Vinous
The 2021 Malbec Argentino harmoniously blends 50% Lulunta grapes with 50% Paraje Altamira. For those who recall the old style, characterized by a significant oak influence on the aromas, this vintage marks a pivotal moment. Half of the wine was aged for 16 months in foudres, while the other half matured in concrete vats. The outcome is a wine that leans more towards its primary characteristics. Displays a purple hue. The nose reveals notes of cherry, blackberry, orange peel, violets and cedar. It presents a dry and plush profile on the palate, with fine-grained tannins and a juicy flow that culminates in a lingering fruity finish, accompanied by a vibrant and refreshing sensation.

What does Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2021 taste like?


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Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, pear, peach

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, lemon zest

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, grass, asparagus

raisin, fig, prune

lychee

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, perfume

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Winemaker of Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2021

Ernesto Bajda

Ernesto Bajda

Ernesto "Nesti" Bajda, a name synonymous with innovation and expertise in the world of winemaking, has been a pivotal figure at Catena family’s vineyards since 2002. His journey in the wine industry began with a hands-on experience in the vineyards, where he developed a deep understanding of the intricate processes involved in viticulture. In 2005, Nesti's career took a significant turn as he joined the research team, focusing on microvinifications to identify the prime locations within the family’s high-altitude vineyards for grape cultivation. With over a dozen vintages to his name, Nesti has evolved into a winemaker with a rare blend of skills. His expertise extends beyond research and vineyard management; he possesses an exceptional knowledge of precision tools to discern... More Products
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