In 1902, Nicola Catena, an Italian immigrant, planted his first vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. The winery has been in family hands for three generations. For the past two decades, owner, Nicolas Catena Zapata and his team of winemakers and viticulturalists have studied the different microclimates and terroirs of Mendoza to determine the best areas and vineyard techniques to grow the winery’s many varietals.
The 2010 Catena Malbec presents a dark, violet color with deep black tones. This microclimate blend of four unique vineyard sites offers intense aromas with a soft generous texture and concentrated flavors. Angelica vineyard lends ripe plum and chocolate flavors with a very soft, supple mouthfeel. Altamira vineyard brings a core of black currant and cassis, with excellent structure and length. La Piramide vineyard offers blackberry fruit with a slight earthy tone and notes of spicy black pepper. Finally, the Adrianna vineyard lends exceptional concentration with explosive floral aromatics. Together they give birth to a complex blend of aromas and flavors – a wine with excellent concentration, balance and freshness.
Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino is made from a meticulous vine selection in the best lots of the Catena family’s estate vineyards. These Zapata vines are carefully hand tended and produce extremely low yields. The grapes are micro-fermented in new French oak barriques and the wine is then aged for 24 months in new French oak. This wine is made in very limited quantities.
Full medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of blackberry, kirsch, dark chocolate and violet. Rich, dense and intense but rather porty, with some intrusive acidity and an herbal element giving the finish a green quality. Offers good intensity but shows a disjointed overripe/underripe character.
89 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
(includes 10% cabernet franc): Good bright red. Aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry and licorice pastille. Sweeter and more pliant than the Punto Final Malbec, with fat blackcurrant and licorice flavors sexed up by a note of oaky torrefaction. Finishes with sweet tannins and lingering notes of bitter chocolate and violet. (4/ 2014)
89 points Wine Enthusiast
Rubber and minerally aromas settle on ripe black plum and berry. In the mouth, this Malbec is firm and fresh, with full-force flavors of blackberry, plum, leather and salt. A strong, steady finish confirms overall quality. (4/ 2014)
92 Rating – Wine Enthusiast
“With its reliance on old-vines vineyards, Renacer often comes out with great wines. This is one of them. Smoky, leathery berry aromas are inviting, while the mouthfeel is silky and plush. Oaky flavors of chocolate, smoked meat and vanilla accent ripe berry flavors, then clove and baking spices pour onto the finish.” — 04/01/2014