Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino is made from a meticulous vine selection in the best lots of the Catena family’s estate vineyards. These Zapata vines are carefully hand tended and produce extremely low yields. The grapes are micro-fermented in new French oak barriques and the wine is then aged for 24 months in new French oak. This wine is made in very limited quantities.
The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino shows a saturated dark violet color with ruby reflections; the nose offers cassis, blueberries and violets, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of mocha, dark berries, spice, and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.
Pairs well with lamb chops, beef tenderloin, and goat cheese. - Winery
The peachy 2014 Catena Malbec is juicy and with good ripeness, a soft style with round, sweet tannins and some toasty notes with sweet spices. Somehow this is a more approachable and drinkable than the 2015 at the moment. This is a very complex blend of many vineyards, points of harvests and different vinifications and aging to produce around one million bottles, which at this quality level is impressive. - Robert Parker 89 Points