Catena Alta Zapata 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza Historic Rows

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Winemaker Notes

The Catena Cabernet Sauvignon shows a dark ruby color with violet tones. On the nose, it offers intense aromas of ripe raspberries, and cassis with notes of pepper and clove. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich and displays layers of black currant and black raspberry with notes of cedar, tobacco and leather. This Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine with silky tannins that provide structure and a long and persistent finish.

Pairs well with steak or lamb, demi-glace sauces, or Chateaubriand for an elegant and special dinner.

Critical Acclaim

JS94 James Suckling
This is a beautiful cabernet sauvignon with pretty ripe fruit and currants, blackberries and spices. Full and silky. Fine finish. Drink or hold.
WE92 Wine Enthusiast
Foresty, earthy aromas of leather and black fruits are rugged and a touch rustic. In the mouth, this is voluminous and chewy, with fresh acidity. Flavors of licorice, herbs, pepper, plum and blackberry finish with light herbal notes and bright acidity that will ensure a fairly long lifespan. Drink through 2024.
RP92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon is produced with grapes from different zones of Mendoza, La Piramide around the winery in Agrelo, Nicasia at 1,095 meters altitude in Altamira in the Uco Valley, and Domingo in Villa Bastias in Tupungato. Harvesting the whites they learn about the vintage and make decisions about the harvest dates for the rest. In the slightly warmer 2012 they harvested a little earlier to keep the freshness. The decision clearly paid off as the wine feels quite Atlantic (a rarity in a warmish year), is subtle, balanced and austere. A Cabernet in uppercase. 30,000 bottles produced.
WS90 Wine Spectator
A ripe and deeply spiced red, with dark plum and dried blackberry flavors that are rich and smoky. Fresh acidity provides the backdrop, leading to a long, lingering finish of hoisin sauce and dark chocolate accents. Drink now through 2020.