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Argentina, Mendoza


Catena 'Nicasia Vineyard' Malbec 2006

Catena 'Nicasia Vineyard' Malbec 2006 big scores across the board...

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

92+ pts Stephen Tanzer January 2010
(from a vineyard situated in the far south of the Mendoza region, at an altitude of 3,800 feet) Good ruby-red. Complex nose hints at black fruits, bitter chocolate, sexy oak and flinty minerality, plus a slightly medicinal quality. Then high-pitched and tightly wound, with terrific precision to the blackberry fruit. An intriguing leathery, earthy quality conveys a strong impression of soil. Finishes very ripe but youthfully closed, with building tannins. According to Nicolas Catena, this vineyard features shallower, less fertile soils than the Adrianna.
94 pts Wine Advocate August 2009
The 2006 Malbec Nicasia Vineyard spent 18 months in 100% new French oak prior to bottling without fining or filtration. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it delivers a breath-taking bouquet of toasty oak, cinnamon, violets, incense, truffle, black cherry, and plum. Full-bodied, layered, dense, and rich, this Malbec manages to combine elegance and power. Sweetly-fruited, savory, and harmonious, it will evolve for 6-8 years and drink well through 2026.
95 pts Wine Spectator 10/31/09
Dense and layered, with loads of braised fig, currant paste, crushed plum and macerated blackberry fruit laced with licorice snap, black tea and spice notes. The long, broad finish has superb acidity buried deep, letting a floral hint skitter in the background. Shows impressive depth and range.
97 pts Wine Enthusiast
If the color doesn't tell the full story, the nose will: it's impeccably perfumed, round and sweet, with amazing fruit aromas and a toasty background. The feel is a lush and rich as they come, and there's outstanding purity to the lusty black fruit flavors. A masher with elegance. Maybe the best Malbec Argentina has ever produced. Drink from 2010-15.

Winemaker Notes

The Catena Zapata Malbec Nicasia Vineyard is one of the three toptier Malbecs first released bythe winery in 2007. The wine exemplifies Nicolas Catena's success and pioneering research withthe Malbec grape in Mendoza. The Nicasia Vineyard is a small, specially selected number of rows in Lot 1 of the Catena family's Altamira Vineyard. Planted in 1996, the Malbec vines are on their own rootstock and part of a massal population from the Catena family's historic, 80 year old Angelica vineyard.
A glass coating opaque purple color, it delivers a breathtaking bouquet of toasty oak, cinnamon,violets, incense, truffle, black cherry, and plum. Fullbodied, layered, dense, and rich, this Malbecmanages to combine elegance and power. Sweetly fruited, savory, and harmonious, it will evolve for 68 years and drink well through 2026.

Chemical Analysis




14% alcohol by volume




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