2013 Catena Zapata "Nicasia" Malbec Mendoza 6-Pack (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1676356 96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2013 Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard is produced with grapes from the vineyard that names it--a vineyard planted in 1997 in the Altamira zone of Valle de Uco. It's mostly Malbec with some 4% Cabernet Franc, but the two grapes fermented together. It has less Cabernet Franc than other years because 2013 was fresh enough that just that pinch provided enough of the character they are looking for. They call this "the most Malbec of our Malbecs" and it has the textbook aromas of violets and red berries with perfectly integrated oak. The palate is also elegant and fresh and showcases the telltale round tannins of Malbec. This is truly outstanding. (LG) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark (14% alcohol; the wine's Cabernet Franc component was vinified with whole clusters): Dark red-ruby. More red fruits than black on the nose, with complicating notes of spices, graphite minerality and leather. Very fine-grained, penetrating wine with a lovely rocky calcaire pungency and a faint hint of tar to its blueberry and chocolate flavors. At once smooth, tactile and dry, with its relatively low pH of 3.5 contributing to its dynamic impression. Firmly structured for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle. By the way, winemaker Alejandro Vigil named 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2017 (!) as his favorite vintages to date for the top bottlings at Catena Zapata. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2017)

K&L Notes

PLEASE NOTE: This product is offered as a complete case in original packaging. If the wines are going to be shipped upon arrival, the bottles will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles during shipping, with the empty case itself shipped separately on request. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact cases. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

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Price: $650.00

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