2016 Bodegas Catena Zapata Catena Alta Malbec
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $34.94 (was: $43.94)*
It’s no exaggeration to say that Catena Zapata is the definitive producer of serious, world class Malbec in Argentina, and after over a century in business they are still knocking it out of the park. Responsible for the “most amazing Malbecs you can think of” (Wine Advocate), Catena Zapata is pretty much the go-to for top shelf Malbec and their ‘Catena Alta’ is a benchmark. Their 2016 is a gem of a wine made entirely from a special ‘row selection’ of the best and older vines in their estate vineyards, and at $34.94 it also delivers the world class value we expect from South America!
“Refusing to rest upon its laurels” (Wine Advocate) Catena Zapata is surprisingly ambitious and experimental for such a large and well established winery. Fermented with whole clusters, this is not an over-oaked Malbec fruit bomb, but has an “almost Burgundian style” that “shines on all accounts” (Dunnuck). The freshness and complexity of these higher altitude, old vines means Catena Zapata’s Malbec will appeal to fans of classic, old-world profiles and its structure promises graceful aging over the next decade.
Catena Zapata is known for converting even the most die-hard Mablec skeptics. With 94pts, it’s hard to argue with a South American red at this level, especially at our terrific sale price. Cheers!
94 points, Robert Parkere's Wine Advocate: "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." - Luis Gutierrez
*Offer publication date August 31, 2020. Pricing and availability subject to change.