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Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2019

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13.70% /
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Vintage: 2019
  • WS 93
  • WA 97
  • JS 95
  • WAS 91
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Crafted by the esteemed winemaker Alejandro Vigil, the Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2019 is a testament to the meticulous viticulture and winemaking practices of Bodega Catena Zapata. Hailing from the Nicasia Vineyard, located in the prestigious region of Altamira in La Consulta, this wine embodies the essence of a terrain cherished by Nicolas Catena Zapata’s father, Domingo, for its exceptional Malbec.

In the glass, the Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2019 presents a deep, inky purple hue, indicative of its concentration and vitality. The vibrant color suggests a wine of substantial depth and intensity, inviting the taster to discover its complex layers.

The nose of the Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec is a rich tapestry of aromas. It unveils an enticing blend of blackberry and dark plum, harmoniously intertwined with subtle notes of loam, fresh thyme, and wood spice. Undertones of mocha and velvety tannins create an alluring bouquet, enhanced by hints of violets and spices, reflective of its aging in French oak barrels.

On the palate, the wine delivers a full-bodied experience, showcasing a perfect balance of power and elegance. The flavors of blackberry and plum are accentuated by a refreshing mineral acidity, lending a fresh and enlivened character to the wine. The presence of firm, focused tannins adds structure, leading to a compact and precise finish. The wine’s complexity is further elevated by nuances of tar, tea leaves, and licorice, culminating in a mineral yet caressing finish.

The Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2019 has garnered widespread critical acclaim. Wine Spectator awarded it 93 points, praising its velvety tannins and lingering flavors. Wine Advocate gave it an impressive 97 points, highlighting its balance, elegance, and fine tannins, recommending it best after 2022. James Suckling’s 95 points commend its intense nose and firm tannins, while Wine & Spirits’ 91 points appreciate its restraint and fresh flavors.

The Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2019 is not just a wine but a narrative of the rich Malbec heritage of Argentina. It stands as a shining example of the Catena family’s commitment to quality, expressed through the terroir of the Nicasia Vineyard. This red blend Malbec is a tribute to the legacy of Nicolas Catena Zapata, showcasing the pinnacle of what Malbec from the Nicasia Vineyard can achieve. Whether enjoyed now or aged for future enjoyment, this wine promises an unforgettable experience for every Malbec enthusiast.

17 reviews for Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2019

  1. Mathew Erickson

    A fine example of Malbec Argentino, the Catena Zapata Nicasia boasts notes of raspberry, cocoa, and an intriguing hint of lavender.

  2. Blake Hedrick

    Nicolas Catena Zapata’s creation, the Nicasia Malbec wines, are a true testament to the power of Argentine viticulture. The blend of cedar and violet notes is truly enchanting.

  3. Michael Harrison

    This Nicasia Malbec is a sensory delight. The taste of black fruit and cherry mingling with a touch of chocolate is truly exceptional, a testament to Argentine viticulture.

  4. Travis Rice

    This Malbec Catena Zapata teases the palate with a smoky flavor, accented by hints of dark fruit and pepper. It’s like a warm, comforting embrace on a cold night.

  5. Rosetta Morgan

    The Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec is an absolute gem. The cedar and strawberry notes add an interesting twist to the dominant flavors of dark fruit and cassis.

  6. Melvin Grijalva

    This Malbec from Catena Zapata is a delight. The smoky, earthy undertones accentuate the black cherry and leather flavors.

  7. Mark Knupp

    The Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Altamira Malbec is a must-try for wine enthusiasts. A symphony of blackberry and plum notes, rounded off with a hint of oak and vanilla.

  8. Kaitlyn Bryant

    The Catena Malbec is a subtle blend of blackcurrant and cocoa, with just a hint of leather. Winemaker Alejandro Vigil has truly outdone himself with this red blend Malbec.

  9. Monique Malcomb

    The Catena Malbec is a joyful explosion of blackberry, chocolate, and a hint of leather. It’s a great example of Argentine viticulture.

  10. Debra Berringer

    You can’t go wrong with this Nicasia Malbec from Catena Zapata. The creamy undertones perfectly complement the dominant flavors of dark chocolate and pepper.

  11. Dennis Allen

    The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino is a symphony of flavors. The dominant notes of dark fruit and cassis are subtly underscored by licorice and coffee. A real treat.

  12. Stephen Greene

    Free shipping on 6 bottles of Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec, a wine that dances on the palate with notes of licorice and cream. A celebration of Malbec Argentino in every bottle.

  13. Edith Shockley

    This Catena Zapata Malbec is a revelation. The flavors of vanilla, black cherry, and cedar are complimented by an earthy undertone. Truly an exceptional vintage.

  14. Lisa Johnson

    This Nicasia Malbec is simply sublime. The black fruit and violet notes are perfectly balanced by a hint of vanilla.

  15. Roy Villanueva

    The Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Altamira Malbec is an absolute treat. Bursting with oak, plum, and blackberry, it’s a must-try for wine enthusiasts.

  16. Ira Christensen

    This Nicasia Vineyard Malbec is a testament to the expertise of winemaker Alejandro Vigil. The flavors of raspberry, blackcurrant, and tobacco are perfectly balanced. A must-try.

  17. Shirley Field

    A sip of the Catena Zapata Malbec transports you to the Nicasia Vineyards. The earthy tobacco notes, combined with a hint of raspberry, make this an exceptional vintage.

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Why is Malbec so popular?

In Argentina, particularly in Mendoza, Malbec has been transformed into an exhilarating variety. This versatile grape is adept at producing a wide array of wine styles, suitable for every budget. The spectrum includes everything from refreshing rosés and vibrant unoaked reds to richly oaked, dark fruit and chocolate-infused varieties that have solidified its fame. Malbec also shines in the form of high-end, well-structured super-premium wines. For winemakers, it's a reliable choice with a storied history in the nation.

What age is Malbec best?

Many believe it shows great promise for aging well, though it will necessitate patience. Malbec wines, characterized by dark fruit flavors, pronounced acidity ("juiciness"), moderate tannins, and a chocolatey, oak-influenced finish, are typically advised to be enjoyed within a 7–11 year period from their vintage date.

What does Catena Zapata Malbec taste like?

This wine features a distinctive flavor profile, primarily characterized by black fruit notes, complemented by earthy and oaky nuances. It offers a smooth, velvety texture and seamlessly integrated tannins, culminating in a gratifying and enduring finish.

Where is Catena Malbec made?

HIGH MOUNTAIN ESTATE VINEYARDS For over four generations, the Catena family has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina.

What style of wine is Malbec?

Originally from France, Malbec is a robust red wine now predominantly cultivated in Argentina. French Malbec tends to have a more savory, tart profile with strong tannins and notes of plum and leather. In contrast, Argentinian Malbec is recognized for its fruit-forward character, featuring a velvety texture and flavors of cocoa and plum.

Who owns Catena Zapata?

Currently under the ownership of Nicolás Catena and his daughter Laura, Catena Zapata stands as a trailblazer in producing premium Argentine wines. Nicolás is renowned for being the visionary winemaker who transformed the quality of wines in Argentina.

What is another name for Malbec wine?

Many will likely point to Argentina. However, this grape's story starts much earlier. It's a variety known by many names, including côt, pressac, and auxerrois, reflecting its rich history.

Why is wine called Malbec?

There's a widely held yet unverified belief that Malbec was named after a Hungarian peasant who was instrumental in propagating the grape variety across France.

Critical Acclaim

WS 93
Wine Spectator
Offers an alluring entry of loam, wood spice and fresh thyme, while the palate is fresh and enlivened by mineral acidity. Rich and full, with flavors of mocha-accented blackberry and plum that linger nicely around velvety tannins. Drink now
WA 97
Wine Advocate
The 2019 Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard comes from a vineyard planted in Altamira in 1996 at 1,095 meters above sea level with an old massale selection. It has contained ripeness and 13.7% alcohol from a cooler year in a warmer place. It's a classical Malbec, balanced and elegant but also powerful with fine tannins. It finishes with violets and spice. It's a Malbec with spicy oak. Best after 2022.
JS 95
James Suckling
Intense nose of blackberries, dark plums, stones, tar, tea leaves and licorice. Full-bodied with firm, focused tannins. Compact and precise. Mineral yet caressing finish. Give this time. A little viognier co-fermented with malbec.
WAS 91
Wine & Spirits
Catena planted its mass selection at the Nicasia Vineyard in 1996, in the southern reaches of La Consulta, producing a wine that’s welcoming in its restraint. Its saline, cherry-skin flavors slowly cede ground to a richer finish, the flavors trending towards baking spice while the tannins remain fresh.

What does Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2019 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, cocoa

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, strawberry

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, chocolate, vanilla

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

plum, blackberry, black fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

licorice, pepper, mint

Citrus notes found in the wine

orange peel, citrus

cream, banana, cheese

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, asparagus

prune, fig, raisin

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, perfume

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Winemaker of Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2019

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