Catena Zapata were the first to plant vineyards in Gualtallary, which is nowadays considered one of the highest potential zones in Argentina, but they were deemed crazy when they planted there. The wines are phenomenal, true to their place and vintage,
This year, the two whites show a more marked personality, possibly aided by the style of the cooler year but also because the winery has a better understanding of the places. It's still very young and undeveloped; it's drinkable now, but with more time in bottle, it should develop greater complexity. Now the finish shows acidity and salt, which make it very vibrant.
Producer Information: Catena
Four generations of the Catena family have farmed the vineyards of Mendoza, ever since Italianfounder Nicola Catena planted his first Malbec vines in 1902.
Robert Parker’s 2005 book about the 100 “Greatest World Wine Estates” featured only one winery from South America. Catena Zapata. Parker wrote. “Argentina’s greatest visionary is Nicolás Catena Zapata, and his crusade for high-altitude vineyards and conservative viticultural practices has resulted in one after another breakthrough wines that have pushed Argentina to the forefront of the modern winemaking revolution.”
Joined by his daughter Dr. Laura Catena in 1995, the father-daughter team’s vision is to elevate Argentine wine for another 200 years through the study of high-altitude terroir and the preservation of ungrafted Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon massale selections. In 2018 Catena Zapata joined La Place with two wines. Nicolás Catena Zapata, the winery’s top Cabernet Sauvignon blend, and Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae, the winery’s top Malbec cru.