Catena Zapata, Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2018, Uco Valley, Argentina
Tasting Note: A premium malbec that is a high expression of the grape.
Deep-intensity purple in color, this wine has an aromatic, medium-plus-intensity nose of blackberry, black plum, red currant and hay.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied malbec has medium-plus-intensity flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity and supple, medium tannin ultimately completing with a medium-plus finish.
There is some chalkiness in the midpalate that creates a pleasing midpalate texture.
Malbec at its best.
Bottle Note: The Catena Zapata Family is entering its second century of winemaking in Mendoza, Argentina. Nicasia Vineyard is located in Paraje Altamira, in the district of La Consulta, south of the Uco Valley. The soils are gravelly with patches of clay and abundant surface stones. It is named after Nicolas Catena’s grandmother Nicasia and planted with a selection of vines that are over 80 years old and unique to the Catena family’s vineyards.
Importer: Winebow Inc., New York, New York
Tasted: Barcelona Wine Bar, Fairfield Connecticut
Tasting Date: June 23, 2022