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 fresh, floral and expressive 2016 Catena Malbec blends grapes from different parts of Mendoza: Lunlunta, Agrelo, Altamira El Cepillo and Gualtallary. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French and American oak barrels for an average of 12 months. It’s straight and a little austere but has deep flavors. Superb quality for the price and volume. 984,000 bottles produced. - Robert Parker 92 Points
Bright ruby-red. Musky scents of black raspberry, blueberry, dark chocolate and spices. Denser, sweeter and riper than the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, showing a more chocolatey character on the palate, but also nicely delineated owing to subtle herb and pepper nuances and mineral accents. The wine’s Uco Valley component is obvious in its inner-mouth perfume. Not the ripest or fullest recent vintage for this bottling but this intense midweight finishes with repeating pepper and herb notes and very good length. - Vinous Media 89 Points