2006 Catena Zapata ‘Nicolás Catena Zapata’
Perhaps the top wine from Argentina, this wine set a new standard of quality for the country with its inaugural 1997 vintage. Only produced in the best years, it is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Malbec from vineyards over 3000’ in elevation. It’s fermented entirely in new French oak barrels and aged for 18 months before being bottles unfined and unfiltered. Rich, big and bold, this wine is in a perfect drinking window. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry chocolate, oak spice and tobacco are perfectly integrated, with smooth, round tannins and a long, long finish.
97 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
"The 2006 Nicolas Catena Zapata is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Malbec and spent 26 months in new French oak. It displays a superb perfume of pain grille, spice box, truffle, wild flowers, black cherry, and black currant. Rich, layered, dense, and complex, it, too, combines elegance and power. The wine is structured for the long haul and should easily see its 25th birthday, with 50 not out of the question. There is no track record, and I won’t be around to find out."