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2009 Catena Zapata Malbec 'Adrianna'S Vineyard' Mendoza


$124.90

Size: 750ML

Due in December 4th, Very limited.

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Winery Notes: The Catena Zapata family's mission is to make profound and unforgettable wines; wines that reflect the special character of each vine within the family's historic vineyards. Constantly pushing the viticultural envelope, Nicolás and Laura Catena have identified Mendoza's best microclimates, selected the highest quality Malbec vines and pioneered viticulture in undiscovered regions - the Adrianna Vineyard at almost 5,000 feet elevation in the Andean foothills.
Their vision has been to uncover those magical places in each of the family's vineyards which offer the purest expression of the land. Farming these special lots manually, hand-tending each of the vines, has led to the identification of individual plants which consistently produce the most exceptional fruit. These Zapata Vines have been physically marked with a red sash, ensuring the most demanding attention to detail in their care. Harvested separately in multiple passes through the vineyard, the Zapata Vines form the foundation of the Catena Zapata wines.

  • Model: 1LE9
  • Size: 750ML

WA

97

The 2009 Adrianna Vineyard Malbec is 30% whole cluster and 70% whole berry fruit, whereby the early picked Malbec is co-fermented with Viognier. It is raised in 60% new French oak for 18 to 24 months depending on the lot and undergoes 180 separate row micro-vinifications. It has a complex bouquet of blackberry, chalk dust, leather and the scent of an old English stately home. The palate is medium-bodied with a very taut, focused, tense entry. This has wonderful vivacity and outstanding minerality, the finish doing that rare thing of transporting you to its place, that is to say, high up in the Andes. You will be hard pressed to find a better Malbec than this. Drink now-2025+. Score: 97. —Neal Martin, October 2012.


IWC

95+

(40% Whole clusters, includes a bit of cab franc) Bright medium ruby. Tighter on the nose than the Nicasia bottling hinting at black fruits and flowers. Then surprisingly smooth and suave in the mouth with great class to the dark berry, game and bitter chocolate flavors. Penetrating minerality contributes to the impression of precision and verve. Finishes smooth and classically dry; with noble, mouth coating tannins and superb persistence. I applaud winemaker Alejandro Vigil’s use of cabernet franc to contribute perfume to these immensely rich Malbec bottling’s and wonder why more estates don’t do this.


WS

94

This dark, pure red features bright acidity to prop up the dark plum skin, cassis and wild berry notes that weave throughout layered flavors of spice, mesquite and underbrush. Mouthcoating, with a long, structured finish. Drink now through 2018. Score: 94. —Nathan Wesley, November 15, 2012




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