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Bodega Catena Zapata Angélica Zapata Chardonnay Alta Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAngélica Zapata Chardonnay Alta

The grapes for Angélica Zapata are sourced from high altitude, mountain vineyards planted at elevations between 3297’ and 3957’ above sea level. Years of research, led to the identification of the ideal “terroir” that could offer the highest concentration of aromas and flavors. Bodega Catena Zapata pioneered the discovery of the ideal high altitude microclimate for each particular varietal.

Bodega Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAdrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec

The Catena Family is entering its second century of winemaking in Mendoza, Argentina. Named after Nicolás Catena Zapata’s youngest daughter, the Adrianna Vineyard is located at almost 5,000 feet elevation in Mendoza. The soils in this 1.4 hectare parcel are filled with scattered limestone and marine deposits that covered the region millions of years ago. The limestone layers are well-drained and particularly rich in rhizobacteria, the microorganisms that help vine roots withstand stress and absorb nutrients. Thus, the name "mundus bacillus terrae" or "elegant microbes of the earth".

Bodega Catena Zapata Angélica Zapata Merlot Alta Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAngélica Zapata Merlot Alta

The grapes for Angélica Zapata are sourced from high altitude, mountain vineyards planted at elevations between 3297’ and 3957’ above sea level. Years of research, led to the identification of the ideal “terroir” that could offer the highest concentration of aromas and flavors. Bodega Catena Zapata pioneered the discovery of the ideal high altitude microclimate for each particular varietal.

Bodega Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAdrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec

Fortuna Terrae means luck of the land in Latin, and indeed, our vines from this parcel of the Adrianna Vineyard are lucky. The deep loamy soils are home to many varieties of native grasses which prevent erosion and attract benefic insects, singing birds and mountain foxes. Because of the freshness imparted by the deep soils and high altitude, the wines of Fortuna Terrae have optimal acidity and delicate flower aromas. It is best to enjoy this wine a few years or decades after harvest.

Bodega Catena Zapata Angélica Zapata Cabernet Franc Alta Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAngélica Zapata Cabernet Franc Alta

The grapes for Angélica Zapata are sourced from high altitude, mountain vineyards planted at elevations between 3297’ and 3957’ above sea level. Years of research, led to the identification of the ideal “terroir” that could offer the highest concentration of aromas and flavors. Bodega Catena Zapata pioneered the discovery of the ideal high altitude microclimate for each particular varietal.

Bodega Catena Zapata Angélica Zapata Malbec Alta Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAngélica Zapata Malbec Alta

The grapes for Angélica Zapata are sourced from high altitude, mountain vineyards planted at elevations between 3297’ and 3957’ above sea level. Years of research, led to the identification of the ideal “terroir” that could offer the highest concentration of aromas and flavors. Bodega Catena Zapata pioneered the discovery of the ideal high altitude microclimate for each particular varietal.

Bodega Catena Zapata Nicola Catena Bonarda Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataNicola Catena Bonarda

Bonarda was brought by the Italian immigrants at the end of the 19th century, becoming in the 90's the most cultivated red grape in Argentina. Bonarda is a late-ripening grape variety that adapts well to light soils. It grows best in southeast Mendoza, where medium temperatures allow for optimal grape maturity.

Bodega Catena Zapata Angélica Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Alta Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAngélica Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Alta

The grapes for Angélica Zapata are sourced from high altitude, mountain vineyards planted at elevations between 3297’ and 3957’ above sea level. Years of research, led to the identification of the ideal “terroir” that could offer the highest concentration of aromas and flavors. Bodega Catena Zapata pioneered the discovery of the ideal high altitude microclimate for each particular varietal.

Bodega Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard White Bones Chardonnay Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAdrianna Vineyard White Bones Chardonnay

For over four generations, the Catena family has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina. In his pursuit to make wines that stand with the best in the world, Nicolás Catena identified the best lots and rows, in the Catena family’s estate vineyards. The Adrianna vineyard is located at almost 5,000’ elevation in the Gualtallary sub-district of the Tupungato region. White Bones Chardonnay comes from select rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The name refers to the soil underneath these rows, which is layered with calcareous deposits and limestone as well as fossilized animal bones - remnants of a river that used to pass through the region. There are many theories about why the grapes coming from these rows have such distinctive floral aromatics with an earthy minerality in the nose and palate. It may be related to the minerals in the soil or to the effects that the calcareous deposits have on root penetration. At this extreme high altitude, the nights are cool, only a few degrees above freezing even in the summer. The night-day temperature difference is between 15 and 20 degrees. And the sunlight is more intense because of the altitude.

Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataCatena Zapata Malbec Argentino

The epic tale of the noble Malbec grape is like no other, and the label for Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino pays tribute to the variety’s history in France and its rise in Argentina. Four female figures embody different landmarks in the history of the grape. Eleanor of Aquitaine represents the birth of Malbec. She is a strong, Old World presence, lingering at the bridge in Cahors, where Malbec came into its own. Next, the Immigrant symbolizes the movement to the New World and the unknown explorers and adventurers who connected Europe with the Americas. Phylloxera personifies the death of Malbec in the Old World, which enabled its rebirth in the new. Finally, there is Bodega Catena Zapata, represented by Adrianna Catena, who depicts birth, earth, and motherhood, sharing the riches of the New World. Today, the Catena family’s fourth generation leads the high-altitude renaissance in Argentina. We are returning Malbec to the sky... where it belongs. No matter what the vintage, this wine is really more than 100 years old. It represents a family's journey to produce an Argentine Malbec that can stand with the great wines of the world. Malbec Argentino is a blend of Catena Zapata's historic Malbec vineyards Adrianna and Nicasia.

Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolás Catena Zapata Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataNicolás Catena Zapata

The inaugural 1997 vintage of this Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blend set a new standard of quality for wines from South America when it won a series of blind tastings against other prestigious cuvées from around the world.

Bodega Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard White Stones Chardonnay Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAdrianna Vineyard White Stones Chardonnay

For over four generations, the Catena family has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina. In his pursuit to make wines that stand with the best in the world, Nicolás Catena identified the best lots, and rows, in the Catena family’s estate vineyards. White Stones Chardonnay comes from a select 27 rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The name refers to the ground beneath the vines which is covered with gravel - oval white stones. The Adrianna vineyard is located at almost 5,000’ elevation in the Gualtallary sub-district of the Tupungato region. The rocky soil prevents deep root growth and allows for ideal drainage conditions. These are very poor soils where the vines are constantly in conditions of stress. The cool nights allow for very slow ripening, optimal acid retention and low yields.

Bodega Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAdrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec

This cuvée takes its name from a small parcel of the Adrianna Vineyard that is completely covered with oval white stones and was the site of an ancient riverbed. The abundant stones provide optimal drainage and extreme temperatures. They absorb heat and moderate the nights, but also function like ice cubes after a very cold night. Stony soil Malbecs tend to be extremely aromatic, rich and luxurious, just like the River Stones Malbec from Adrianna. This wine can be enjoyed young or aged for decades.

Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Zapata Estiba Reservada Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataCatena Zapata Estiba Reservada

This is the Catena Zapata family top wine. It is a "Bordeaux" blend, consisting mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon. The history of this wine dates back to 1990, when Dr. Nicolás Catena Zapata decided to launch a high-end Cabernet Sauvignon that could compete with the best Cabernet in the world. Nicolás Catena Zapata had always been a great admirer and collector of the red wines of Bordeaux and Napa Valley.

Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataCatena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard

Located in the far southerly growing region of Altamira en La Consulta, the Nicasia vineyard is the only planting of the special Catena Selection of Malbec cuttings in this traditional area for Malbec. La Consulta was Nicolás Catena’s father Domingo’s prefered Malbec location.