Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec

2012 / 750 ml. | Item #: 45506

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Critical Acclaim

JS95 Saturday, May 21, 2016

"Vivd aromas of currants and blackberries. So much dark fruit. Violets too. Full body, yet buttressed with a center palate of salty acidity and firm tannins. From grapes grown in Altamira. Persistent and vibrant. Drink or hold." (95 pts.)

RP95 Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 27th Aug 2015

"The 2012 Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard feels fresher and more harmonious than the 2011, when in reality the vintage character is the opposite. It is sourced from the vineyard that names the wine and that is located in Altamira. The Malbec grapes fermented in open barrels and cement vats with 15% whole-cluster Cabernet Franc. There is one extra level of precision and harmony here. It has an elegant nose and the palate almost reflects the tension in the skin of the grapes with its a velvety texture and great acidity. This is really tasty and long, it could be the best Nicasia ever produced. 8,000 bottles produced." (95 pts.)

VN93+ Vinous Mar 2016

"Bright ruby-red. Deep aromas of cassis, licorice and menthol lifted by a mineral component. Hugely rich and dense but with a superb balance of sweetness and acidity and a vibrant element of graphite minerality. Very primary but already seamless in texture. Finishes with outstanding length and suave, broad, palate-saturating tannins. Still an infant." (93+ pts.)

WS92 Wine & Spirits February 1, 2016

"During the 1990s, Catena began to move into the higher elevations in the foothills of the Andes. This wine comes from La Consulta, a vineyard planted in 1996 at 3,600 feet. In a warm year like 2012, the coolness of the site is not so obvious in the wine: this malbec is decadently ripe, with sweet spice. But in the middle of all that fruit, soft floral aromas come through, giving a lovely cool side to this gentle, mountain-grown red." (92 pts.)


Argentina took the wine world spotlight in the late 20th century with its plush, smooth Malbec. While the popular red grape still reigns supreme, Argentine wineries are increasingly putting forth excellent examples of multiple varietals, all at the extraordinary bargains that make this region so accessible.

Now the fifth largest wine-producing nation in the world, Argentina enjoys high-altitude and low-humidity vineyard sites, comparatively unencumbered by insects and disease. Argentina’s unique terroir has captured the interest of such internationally celebrated winemakers as Paul Hobbs and Michel Rolland, both of whom have projects in the country.

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More Information
SKU 45506
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
District N/A
Product Location - Location-Appellation Mendoza
Package Size 750 ml.
Packaging - Non-Standard and Special N/A
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14%
Brand Catena
Brand URL N/A
Bottles per Case 12
Spirit/Port Style N/A
Vintage 2012
Bin Location N/A
Critical Acclaim N/A
Premier Pick No
Awards and Accolades N/A
Awards Description N/A
Spec. Designation N/A
Organic Description N/A
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Malbec
Primary Grape Malbec
Body N/A
Finish N/A
Food Pairing N/A
Occasion Pairing N/A
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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