Catena Zapata Alta Malbec 2016
Catena Alta Malbec shows a deep violet colour with blue reflections. The nose is elegant and complex with ripe red and black berry fruits. It is elevated with otes of violets and lavender with a touch of leather, spice and vanilla. The palate is full and rich with soft and sweet tannins and a smooth structure. It has multiple layers of rich cassis, black currant and blackberries, interwoven with hints of licorice and black pepper. Its lengthy finish is marked with lively acidity.
Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family estate vineyards. The blend of these historic rows yield highly aromatic and elegant wines. The Catena Alta wines can be drunk starting at 3 years after harvest and into the following one to two decades.
The vineyard lots are harvested at different times to ensure optimal natural acidity and moderate alcohol level.s Whole berries are hand loaded into small format fermentation and cold maceration that last for 28 – 30 days.It is aged for 18 months in French oak.
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I also had the chance to taste the 2016 Catena Alta Malbec, when they used a higher percentage of grapes from Nicasia. In this vintage, it’s truly 100% Malbec that fermented in tank with full clusters and finished fermenting after pressing, without skins. It’s serious and elegant, with the year’s signature freshness. 2016 has really marked the wines with great freshness. This is serious and with zero sweetness, complete and direct. 42,000 bottles produced.
Plenty of cocoa powder as well as violets follow through to some serious tannins that are already well integrated. They and the crisp acidity give the dry finish some assertive power.
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Made from 100% Malbec from a number of vineyards (Angélica, La Pirámide, Nicasia and Adrianna) fermented and aged in 70% new barrels, the 2016 Malbec Historic Rows is an incredibly elegant, seamless wine that has an almost Burgundian style in its mulberry, blueberries, incense, forest floor, and spring flower-laced aromas and flavors. Beautiful on the palate as well, with medium to full body, supple tannins, and terrific balance, this is one of those wines that grows on you with time in the glass and shines on all accounts. Drink it any time over the coming decade or more.