2004 Catena Zapata 'Catena Alta' Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza Argentina
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The 2004 Catena Alta Cabernet presents a dark, opaque violet color with blackish tones. The wine shows intense aromas of ripe dark fruit together with hints of tobacco, cedar and fresh mint. The palate is full and rich with concentrated flavors of cassis, black currant with notes of clove, espresso bean, and pencil lead. The finish has well-structured, finely grained tannins and bright, lively acidity.
The 2004 Alta Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced and blended from three vineyards with distinct terroirs and aged for 18 months in new French oak. It offers greater aromatic complexity with elements of pain grille, scorched earth, espresso, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. Medium-bodied, it has the elegance of a classified growth St.-Julien, with intense, spicy, cassis, mint, and black fruit flavors, superb balance, and a 45-second, pure finish. It will profit from 6-8 years of further cellaring and drink well through 2030. When all is said and done, Catena Zapata is the Argentina winery of reference – the standard of excellence for comparing all others.
Rated 93 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate