Catena Zapata

About Catena Zapata

Nicolas Catena is the man known for revolutionizing Argentine wine in the 1980s, introducing the world to Malbec. A pioneer of high-altitude Malbec in Argentina, Catena Zapata was the first to venture into the wild and unknown vineyard area called Gualtallary in Mendoza. After more than 100 years of winemaking history, the family estate is now in the hands of Laura Catena.

 

Catena Zapatas' Wines

While some prefer the European style of Malbec from the Adrianna vineyard; others prefer the more powerful style from Nicasia. Then there are those who sit on the fence (or perhaps, prefer the balance) and enjoy the blend of both Adrianna and Nicasia vineyards, in the Argentino. 

 

The Nicolas Catena cuvée is named after the man himself who is probably more responsible than anyone else for the superb reputation the wines of Argentina enjoy in the fine wine world today. With its inaugural 1997 vintage, Nicolas Catena became the first luxury cuvée from Argentina to be exported around the world. The wine recreates the “Original Bordeaux Blend” of the 18th and 19th Centuries, when Malbec dominated over Merlot and was in equal standing to Cabernet Sauvignon in the Médoc.

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Prices: In Bond Inc. TAX
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Catena Zapata Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2015 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €594.45
2015

Catena Zapata Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2015 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

This is a phenomenal malbec with intense blue fruits such as blueberries and blackberries. Black truffle, too. Full-bodied, bright and juicy with fantastic power and richness. Yet the acidity just keeps going. Volcanic salt and white peppers. A thoroughly breathtaking wine. Try after 2020.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €594.45
Catena Zapata Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2016 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €586.05
2016

Catena Zapata Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2016 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2016 Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae is from a cold and rainy El Niño vintage that broke the mold of typical Mendoza weather. The grapes were picked a bit later and achieved a slow, perfect ripening while retaining very good freshness. They used 50% full clusters in this cooler year. The wine was pressed before it finished fermenting (in concrete), and the juice—without skins, pips or stems—finished fermenting like a white in the foudre. When I tasted the wines after bottling, this felt a bit dizzy, with the aromatics coming and going, sometimes showing a little open. But the wine settled in bottle, and the palate shows the core of acidity that lifts the wine and provides incredible freshness; the tannins are ultra refined, and there is great overall balance. Yields were lower, so they only filled some 3,360 bottles.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Mendoza 3x75cl 9 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €586.05
Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2017 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €426.45
2017

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2017 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A dense and layered red with fantastic, soft and silky tannins that entice every inch of your palate. Full-bodied yet agile and energetic. Great depth and richness. So much violet and blackberry character. Hints of asphalt. Drink in 2022, but already a classic.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €426.45
Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2017 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €560.85
2017

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2017 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

Incredible aromas of blackberries, hot stones, wet earth and flowers. Full-bodied, it floats across the palate with ultra-fine tannins that melt into the wine. Superb, long finish of subtle fruit and terroir-defined subtleties. Try in 2022, but already a dream to taste.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 3x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €560.85
Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €145.01
2018

Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (91+)

2018 seems like a very good year for young and juicy reds, which is what the 2018 Catena Malbec is, a pure varietal that shows the typicity of the grape and the freshness of the year. It has the telltale aromas and the soft and velvety texture of the grape, with nicely integrated oak and a dry, long and pleasant finish. This has mind-boggling quality for the quantity—they produce 2.5 million bottles of it! One to buy by the case.
Delivery to Storage from 28 Jul 2021

Mendoza 6x75cl 2 91+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €145.01
Catena Zapata Estiba Reservada Agrelo 1990 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €8,363.70
1990

Catena Zapata Estiba Reservada Agrelo 1990 (6x75cl)
Repack In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 6x75cl 1 - Inc. TAX: €8,363.70
Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (1x150cl)
Inc. TAX: €243.82
2019

Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (1x150cl)

James Suckling (99)

This is made from over 100-year-old vineyards and offers blackberries with blue fruit and dark chocolate. Shows bark and black truffle undertones, too. Tight and more focused than in past vintages. The quality of the tannins is more precise and fine. Blackberries and black truffles at the end. Drink or hold.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Mendoza 1x150cl 1 99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €243.82
Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (1x300cl)
Inc. TAX: €460.08
2019

Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (1x300cl)

James Suckling (99)

This is made from over 100-year-old vineyards and offers blackberries with blue fruit and dark chocolate. Shows bark and black truffle undertones, too. Tight and more focused than in past vintages. The quality of the tannins is more precise and fine. Blackberries and black truffles at the end. Drink or hold.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Mendoza 1x300cl 1 99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €460.08
Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (4x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €378.44
2019

Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (4x75cl)

James Suckling (99)

This is made from over 100-year-old vineyards and offers blackberries with blue fruit and dark chocolate. Shows bark and black truffle undertones, too. Tight and more focused than in past vintages. The quality of the tannins is more precise and fine. Blackberries and black truffles at the end. Drink or hold.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Mendoza 4x75cl 1 99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €378.44
Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2001 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €706.50
2001

Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2001 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94)

An exceptional wine, the 2001 Nicolas Catena-Zapata, is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Malbec. Its highly expressive aromatics exhibit scents reminiscent of raspberries, cassis, violets, blueberries, and cherries. A medium to full-bodied effort that admirably couples power, concentration, depth, and extraction with elegance, purity, freshness, and focus, it offers loads of dark fruits, cassis, flowers as well as spices in its flavorful character. This wine’s wonderfully long finish displays notes of candied red cherries that envelop its fine, ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 6x75cl 3 94 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €706.50
Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2009 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €922.50
2009

Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2009 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

The 2009 Zapata is from selected vines marked by a red sash in order to raise the wine with meticulous care. It is 10% whole cluster and 90% whole berry fruit that is aged in 80% new French oak for 24 months. It is pieced together from a mind-boggling 210 separate row micro-vinifications of multifarious lots and harvest times and is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Malbec. It has a spellbinding bouquet that exudes minerality, as if crushed stones had been sprinkled into the black fruit. With continued aeration, there are scents of oyster shell and black olive. The palate is full-bodied, with immense structure and backbone. The acidity is beautifully judged with filigree tannins that render the finish so elegant and refined, with notes of blackberry, soy, black plum and that stony aftertaste. Magnificent. Drink 2014-2035.
Original Wooden case In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 6x75cl 2 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €922.50
Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2015 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €485.70
2015

Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2015 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96)

A giant. Not only in Argentina’s strong suit in terms of power, it also shows finesse and aromatic complexity. There are all manner of blackberries, smoke, chocolate and spicy notes. Built on a panoramic scale, but full of energy and enormous refinement. The finish cascades on and on. A blend of 83% cabernet sauvignon and 17% malbec. Try in 2021.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Mendoza 6x75cl 10 96 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €485.70
Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €453.30
2016

Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2016 (6x75cl)

Decanter (97)

The 2016 vintage is a classic example, a superb blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 31% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc that’s still in its infancy. Subdued aromas of cassis, black cherries and nuanced herbaceous and tobacco notes. A lovely fluid entrance builds on concentration and complexity. Malbec’s seductive juiciness joins a vertical Cabernet structure, tannins and integrated oak, with a long, lingering finish. A wine to wait for.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 6x75cl 1 97 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €453.30
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Catena Zapata Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2015 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €488.00
2015

Catena Zapata Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2015 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

This is a phenomenal malbec with intense blue fruits such as blueberries and blackberries. Black truffle, too. Full-bodied, bright and juicy with fantastic power and richness. Yet the acidity just keeps going. Volcanic salt and white peppers. A thoroughly breathtaking wine. Try after 2020.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €488.00
Catena Zapata Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2016 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €481.00
2016

Catena Zapata Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2016 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2016 Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae is from a cold and rainy El Niño vintage that broke the mold of typical Mendoza weather. The grapes were picked a bit later and achieved a slow, perfect ripening while retaining very good freshness. They used 50% full clusters in this cooler year. The wine was pressed before it finished fermenting (in concrete), and the juice—without skins, pips or stems—finished fermenting like a white in the foudre. When I tasted the wines after bottling, this felt a bit dizzy, with the aromatics coming and going, sometimes showing a little open. But the wine settled in bottle, and the palate shows the core of acidity that lifts the wine and provides incredible freshness; the tannins are ultra refined, and there is great overall balance. Yields were lower, so they only filled some 3,360 bottles.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Mendoza 3x75cl 9 97 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €481.00
Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2017 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €348.00
2017

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2017 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A dense and layered red with fantastic, soft and silky tannins that entice every inch of your palate. Full-bodied yet agile and energetic. Great depth and richness. So much violet and blackberry character. Hints of asphalt. Drink in 2022, but already a classic.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €348.00
Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2017 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €460.00
2017

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2017 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

Incredible aromas of blackberries, hot stones, wet earth and flowers. Full-bodied, it floats across the palate with ultra-fine tannins that melt into the wine. Superb, long finish of subtle fruit and terroir-defined subtleties. Try in 2022, but already a dream to taste.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 3x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €460.00
Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €106.00
2018

Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (91+)

2018 seems like a very good year for young and juicy reds, which is what the 2018 Catena Malbec is, a pure varietal that shows the typicity of the grape and the freshness of the year. It has the telltale aromas and the soft and velvety texture of the grape, with nicely integrated oak and a dry, long and pleasant finish. This has mind-boggling quality for the quantity—they produce 2.5 million bottles of it! One to buy by the case.
Delivery to Storage from 28 Jul 2021

Mendoza 6x75cl 2 91+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €106.00
Catena Zapata Estiba Reservada Agrelo 1990 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €6,955.00
1990

Catena Zapata Estiba Reservada Agrelo 1990 (6x75cl)
Repack In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: €6,955.00
Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (1x150cl)
In Bond: €198.00
2019

Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (1x150cl)

James Suckling (99)

This is made from over 100-year-old vineyards and offers blackberries with blue fruit and dark chocolate. Shows bark and black truffle undertones, too. Tight and more focused than in past vintages. The quality of the tannins is more precise and fine. Blackberries and black truffles at the end. Drink or hold.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Mendoza 1x150cl 1 99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €198.00
Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (1x300cl)
In Bond: €373.00
2019

Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (1x300cl)

James Suckling (99)

This is made from over 100-year-old vineyards and offers blackberries with blue fruit and dark chocolate. Shows bark and black truffle undertones, too. Tight and more focused than in past vintages. The quality of the tannins is more precise and fine. Blackberries and black truffles at the end. Drink or hold.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Mendoza 1x300cl 1 99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €373.00
Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (4x75cl)
In Bond: €305.00
2019

Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (4x75cl)

James Suckling (99)

This is made from over 100-year-old vineyards and offers blackberries with blue fruit and dark chocolate. Shows bark and black truffle undertones, too. Tight and more focused than in past vintages. The quality of the tannins is more precise and fine. Blackberries and black truffles at the end. Drink or hold.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Mendoza 4x75cl 1 99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €305.00
Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2001 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €574.00
2001

Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2001 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94)

An exceptional wine, the 2001 Nicolas Catena-Zapata, is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Malbec. Its highly expressive aromatics exhibit scents reminiscent of raspberries, cassis, violets, blueberries, and cherries. A medium to full-bodied effort that admirably couples power, concentration, depth, and extraction with elegance, purity, freshness, and focus, it offers loads of dark fruits, cassis, flowers as well as spices in its flavorful character. This wine’s wonderfully long finish displays notes of candied red cherries that envelop its fine, ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 6x75cl 3 94 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €574.00
Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2009 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €754.00
2009

Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2009 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

The 2009 Zapata is from selected vines marked by a red sash in order to raise the wine with meticulous care. It is 10% whole cluster and 90% whole berry fruit that is aged in 80% new French oak for 24 months. It is pieced together from a mind-boggling 210 separate row micro-vinifications of multifarious lots and harvest times and is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Malbec. It has a spellbinding bouquet that exudes minerality, as if crushed stones had been sprinkled into the black fruit. With continued aeration, there are scents of oyster shell and black olive. The palate is full-bodied, with immense structure and backbone. The acidity is beautifully judged with filigree tannins that render the finish so elegant and refined, with notes of blackberry, soy, black plum and that stony aftertaste. Magnificent. Drink 2014-2035.
Original Wooden case In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 6x75cl 2 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €754.00
Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2015 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €390.00
2015

Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2015 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96)

A giant. Not only in Argentina’s strong suit in terms of power, it also shows finesse and aromatic complexity. There are all manner of blackberries, smoke, chocolate and spicy notes. Built on a panoramic scale, but full of energy and enormous refinement. The finish cascades on and on. A blend of 83% cabernet sauvignon and 17% malbec. Try in 2021.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Mendoza 6x75cl 10 96 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €390.00
Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €363.00
2016

Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2016 (6x75cl)

Decanter (97)

The 2016 vintage is a classic example, a superb blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 31% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc that’s still in its infancy. Subdued aromas of cassis, black cherries and nuanced herbaceous and tobacco notes. A lovely fluid entrance builds on concentration and complexity. Malbec’s seductive juiciness joins a vertical Cabernet structure, tannins and integrated oak, with a long, lingering finish. A wine to wait for.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Mendoza 6x75cl 1 97 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: €363.00

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