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Catena Apppellation Cabernet Franc

Bodegas Catena Zapata - Catena Apppellation Cabernet Franc 2018

Argentina
Red Wine from Mendoza · Argentina
Price: £15.95
Case Rate: £15.95
Ex Tax: £11.67
Country:
Wine Region: Mendoza
Winery: Bodegas Catena Zapata
Wine Maker: Alejandro Vigil
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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Rating 94 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: Mendoza
Winery: Bodegas Catena Zapata
Wine Maker: Alejandro Vigil
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

This medium-bodied red wine is youthful and vibrant, with a juicy mouthfeel and elegant length. Characterised by aromas and flavours of red fruits and a touch of leafiness, it finishes with hints of coffee.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015) - 94 pts

I also tasted the 2015 Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard, which had been in bottle since July 2017. 2015 is a warmer and riper year within the three consecutive cooler El Niño vintages. It's juicy, showy and round, with moderate acidity (relatively speaking). 12,480 bottles produced. I tasted a very large collection of wines from Catena Zapata. All of these wines are highly recommendable, but the wines from the Adrianna Vineyard range are truly gobsmacking good and world class. I had the chance to taste slowly through three vintages of the three reds and two of the whites, and it made a fascinating comparison. The profile is austere and mineral, and sometimes they take time to open up. They are, of course, very young wines destined for a long life in bottle. The quality is extremely high, and it's a matter of preference as to which plot or vintage style you like best. 2014 is austere and a bit herbal, 2015 showed a little riper and 2016 seems to be the most complete of the three, with super sharp, linear whites and austere reds for the long haul. The 2014s were released a while ago, the 2015s are arriving on the market right now and the 2016s will take about one more year to hit the shelves. I'm talking reds, as the whites should be released by December 2018.


James Suckling (2015) - 97 pts

Enormously spicy with a dense tannin structure that makes this malbec spectacular and slightly erotic, too. A breathtakingly long finish that makes you want more. The balance of this is so good that you can drink it right now. If you can resist drinking it now, this probably has a couple of decades of aging potential.

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