2019 Catena Zapata "Nicasia Vineyard" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1691625 97 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard comes from a vineyard planted in Altamira in 1996 at 1,095 meters above sea level with an old massale selection. It has contained ripeness and 13.7% alcohol from a cooler year in a warmer place. It's a classical Malbec, balanced and elegant but also powerful with fine tannins. It finishes with violets and spice. It's a Malbec with spicy oak. (LG) Inner quote mark (11/2022)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark From Paraje Altamira, the 2019 Malbec Nicasia Vineyard was made with grapes from a selected set of rows in Parcel #1 of the Nicasia Vineyard and aged for 24 months in new and second use French barrels. Dense, bright purple in the glass. The fruitiness of the complex, attractive nose is down to the region. The nose delivers a mixture of fresh plum and blackberry with lavender and violet aromas, hints of country herb and notes from the aging process. Broad but delicate in the mouth with good energy. The palate is gently sculpted by chalky tannins made juicy by the freshness. The fruity intensity is enhanced by the texture. A superb Malbec. (JH) Inner quote mark (11/2021)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Intense nose of blackberries, dark plums, stones, tar, tea leaves and licorice. Full-bodied with firm, focused tannins. Compact and precise. Mineral yet caressing finish. Give this time. A little viognier co-fermented with malbec. Inner quote mark (2/2022)

94 points Tim Atkin

Outer quote mark Inky, profound and effortlessly smooth, with some of the chalky minerality that comes with the territory in Paraje Altamira, the Nicasia Malbec is layered, glossy and very appealing, with sappy graphite and blackberry flavours and some sweet mocha oak. Inner quote mark

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offers an alluring entry of loam, wood spice and fresh thyme, while the palate is fresh and enlivened by mineral acidity. Rich and full, with flavors of mocha-accented blackberry and plum that linger nicely around velvety tannins. Drink now through 2032. 950 cases made, 200 cases imported. (AR) Inner quote mark (10/2022)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Malbec vines planted in sandy alluvial soils produced this restrained wine with saline cherry-skin flavors. As it lasts, it slowly fills out with baking spice and fresh tannins—drinking well now. Inner quote mark (10/2022)

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