Catena Nicolas Catena Zapata 2019
Nicolas Catena Zapata has an intense, deep purple colour with bluish-black tones. On the nose, aromas of black fruits – blackberries, black cherries, black plums predominate with subtle notes of vanilla and dark chocolate intermingled with savoury hints of green olive and a stony minerality. The wine is tremendously complex on the palate, unfolding layer upon layer of red currant, eucalyptus, and black pepper flavours. Black cherries and blackberries give way to cassis, followed by a hint of saline minerality. The wine is remarkably concentrated, with a firm tannic structure providing the backbone for the lush fruit. The finish is long, a foretoken of the long aging potential of this Argentine masterpiece.
Let the Nicolas Catena Zapata open in a decanter while you grill a bone-in ribeye steak to perfection. Pour yourself a glass. Bliss.
98 Points - James Suckling
This has a complex nose of baked blackberries, grilled plums, dried earth, moss, pine cones, sandalwood, charcoal and cloves. It's medium-bodied with firm, tightly knit tannins. Wow. So much going on. Layered, seamless and silky. Incredible length. Keeps going. 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec and 28% Cabernet Franc.