Bodega Catena Zapata

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Bodega Catena Zapata
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Location Mendoza, Argentina
Appellation Mendoza Wine
Founded 1902
Key people Nicola Catena, Domingo V. Catena, Nicolás Catena Zapata, Laura Catena & Alejandro Vigil
Known for High Altitude Malbec
Varietals Malbec, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon
Distribution International
Website http://www.CatenaZapata.com/

Bodega Catena Zapata is a family-owned winery credited with putting Argentine wines and high altitude Malbec on the world map.[1][2][3][4][5]

History[edit]

Nicola Catena arrived in Mendoza, Argentina from the Marche region of Italy in 1898, and planted his first Malbec vineyard in 1902. His son Domingo then grew the business until the Catena family became one of the largest vineyard holders in Mendoza.[6]

The business was transformed by Domingo’s son, Nicolás Catena Zapata,[7] a graduate of Universidad Nacional de Cuyo and Columbia University, who holds a doctorate degree in economics. In 1982 he went to the United States as a visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley, and during his time in the San Francisco Bay Area was inspired by California wines.[6]

Laura Catena and Nicolás Catena Zapata

Upon returning to his home country, he introduced modern European winemaking and viticultural techniques to Argentina, including small French oak barrels, drip irrigation and low yielding French Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings, extremely low yields and plant-by-plant selection.[6][8] He developed Argentina’s first patented selection of Argentine Malbec clones - the Catena cuttings - [9] and dedicated himself to studying Mendoza's high altitude vine growing conditions.[6] [10][11][12]

For his pioneering work and vision to elevate the stature of Argentine wine worldwide, Nicolás Catena Zapata has received numerous awards [3][8][10] and has been compared to the likes of Angelo Gaja and Robert Mondavi.[1][2][6][13]

The winery's breakthrough wine was the Nicolás Catena Zapata 1997. It was introduced in 2001 through as series of blind tasting conducted in London and several cities around the United States where it was compared to first growths and other notable wines from around the world. The Nicolás Catena Zapata came in first and second in every tasting.[14] In 2007, the Nicolás Catena Zapata 2004 became the first Argentine wine to receive over 98 points from Parker's The Wine Advocate. [15]

Fourth generation vintner Laura I. Catena, a Harvard and Stanford educated physician, is current General Manager of Bodega Catena Zapata. She is the author of Vino Argentino, An Insiders Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina, published by Chronicle Books [6][16][17] which has been reviewed by The New York Times magazine, Washington Post, Wine Spectator and Oprah Magazine among others.[18][19][20][21]

The Winery[edit]

Bodega Catena Zapata’s winery is located in Mendoza, in the sub appellation of Agrelo. The winery structure, which recalls a pyramid, is distinguished by its striking design, based on Mayan architecture and meant to evoke the unique New World terroir of Mendoza.[6][13][22]

Wines[edit]

Catena Zapata - Malbec Argentino 2006

Bodega Catena Zapata exports three lines of wine:

  1. Catena Zapata - a plant by plant selection of the winery's Estate vineyards.
    1. Nicolás Catena Zapata – the winery’s Icon wine – a blend of selected plants of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and in some vintages Petit Verdot from the La Pirámide and Adrianna Vineyards.[23]
    2. Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino – a blend of selected Malbec plants from the Adrianna and Nicasia Vineyards [24]
    3. Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec - a plant by plant selection from Mendoza’s highest Malbec vineyard at almost 5,000 feet elevation.[6][25]
    4. Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec - a plant by plant selection of Malbec from the Catena family’s vineyard in Altamira.[26]
  2. Catena Alta - a lot by lot selection of the winery's Estate vineyards.
    1. Catena Alta Malbec [27]
    2. Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon [28]
    3. Catena Alta Chardonnay [29]
  3. Catena - a blend of Estate vineyards at different altitudes.
    1. Catena Malbec [30]
    2. Catena Cabernet Sauvignon [31]
    3. Catena Chardonnay [32]

Bodega Catena Zapata offers four lines for sale exclusively in Argentina and South America:

  1. Catena Zapata Estiba Reservada
  2. Angelica Zapata
  3. D.V. Catena
  4. Saint Felicien

The Catena Institute of Wine[edit]

The mission of The Catena Institute of Wine, in conjunction with the Bodega Catena Zapata Enology and Viticulture team, is to make Argentine wines that can stand with the best of the world and to advance Argentina's winemaking regions for the next 100 years.

The CIW consists of a team of researchers with expertise in soil and high altitude viticulture and winemaking, and includes fourth generation vintner Dr. Laura Catena, chief winemaker and soils expert Alejandro Vigil and the Institute's Executive Director, Fernando Buscema who has overseen Bodega Catena Zapata's research department since 2007. [33]

The Institute, in collaboration with the University of California, Davis, recently published a comparative study conducted by Catena Institute of Wine Executive Director, Fernando Buscema and UC Davis Professor, Roger Boulton, in Food Chemistry (journal) on the chemical and sensory composition of Malbec in both the northern and southern hemispheres (California and Argentina). [34]

The Catena Institute of Wine has also helped Argentina launch its first wine and viticulture sustainability protocol. [35]

Media[edit]

  • Bodega Catena Zapata’s wines have been extensively reviewed by Wine Spectator[36] and The Wine Advocate.[37] Nicolás Catena Zapata[7] was named Decanter Magazine’s 2009 Man of the Year.[11][38][12]
  • Great scores for Catena Zapata top wines from Robert Parker [39] WineSur.com, September 22, 2009.
  • Argentine Wine: Malbec and More: Laura Catena’s book, Vino Argentino, featured at the Smithsonian, Washington DC.[40] Smithsonianmag.com, September 23, 2010.
  • Best New Reads for Wine Lovers [41] Wine Spectator, December, 2010.
  • Laura Catena Uncorks Argentina [42] The New York Times Magazine, November, 2010.
  • Three wine books to read now from Theise, Kramer and Catena [19] The Washington Post, November, 2010.
  • Meet 9 of the World's Top Women Vintners [21] The Oprah Magazine, October 2010.
  • Wine Star: Nicolás Catena [43] Wine Spectator, October, 2014.
  • Catena Cabernet Franc featured on Cover of Decanter magazine [44] Decanter magazine, October 2014

Awards[edit]

  • Nicolás Catena Zapata 2012 Distinguished Service Award Wine Spectator
  • Nicolás Catena Zapata 2011 Life Time Achievement DER FEINSCHMECKER Award [45][46][47]
  • Wine Enthusiast:[48] Bodega Catena Zapata is the New World Winery of the Year for 2010.[49]
  • Rober Parker by The Wine Advocate. December 2010:[50]
    • Catena Zapata: The best over $20 in Argentina
    • High scores for Catena Zapata wines:[51]
      • Nicolás Catena Zapata 2007: 98 points
      • Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2007: 97 points
      • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2007: 96 points
      • Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2007: 95 points
  • Decanter Magazine, Man of the Year 2009 Award for Nicolás Catena Zapata.[1][2]
  • Robert M. Parker Jr´s - The wine Advocate Personality of the Year 2004 Award.[10]

Further reading[edit]

  • Laura Catena, Vino Argentino, An Insiders Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina. Chronicle Books, September 2010.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nicolás Catena Zapata, Decanter man of the year 2009, Decanter.com, April, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Nicolás Catena Zapata, Decanter man of the year 2009, Decanter.com, April, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Argentina's One-Two Punchewew, WineSpectator.com, March 24, 2003.
  4. ^ #39 Nicolás Catena Zapata,The Power List, WineSpectator.com, June 8, 2009.
  5. ^ Wine Star Award Winners, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 20, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Catena, Laura (September 2010). Vino Argentino, An Insiders Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina. Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0-8118-7330-7. 
  7. ^ a b Rose, Anthony, Interview with Nicolás Catena Zapata, Decanter man of the year 2009, Decanter.com, March 27, 2009.
  8. ^ a b 2010 Wine Star Awards Ceremony, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, January 25, 2011.
  9. ^ Catena Malbec Cuttings, PatentStorm.us, August 27, 2009.
  10. ^ a b c Pierre-Antoine Rovani's Wine Personalities of the Year, Robert Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate Issue 156 - December 2004, August 27, 2009.
  11. ^ a b Interview with Nicolás Catena Zapata, Decanter man of the year 2009, Decanter.com March 27, 2009.
  12. ^ a b Nicolás Catena Zapata honoured as Decanter Man of the Year, Decanter.com September 18, 2009.
  13. ^ a b Meat & Malbec: Bodega Catena Zapata Winery, Mendoza, USAToday.com April 27, 2011.
  14. ^ Catena Zapata - the Young Pretender?, Wine-Pages.com September, 2001.
  15. ^ Nicolás Catena Zapata 2004, Robert Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate Issue 174 - December 2007.
  16. ^ Vino Argentino, An Insiders Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina, September 2010.
  17. ^ Vino Argentino, An Insiders guide to the wines and wine country of Argentina, Chronicle Books, September 2010.
  18. ^ Laura Catena Uncorks Argentina New York Times Magazine, November, 2010
  19. ^ a b Three wine books to read now The Washington Post, November, 2010
  20. ^ Best New Reads for Wine Lovers Wine Spectator, December, 2010
  21. ^ a b Meet 9 of the World's Top Women Vintners The Oprah Magazine, October 2010
  22. ^ Bodega Catena Zapata Review, Fodor's Travel Intelligence.
  23. ^ Bodegas Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Nicolás Catena Zapata, Snooth.com.
  24. ^ Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino, Wine.com.
  25. ^ Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec, Wine.com.
  26. ^ Catena Nicasia Vineyard Zapata Malbec, Wine.com.
  27. ^ Catena Alta Malbec, Wine.com.
  28. ^ Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine.com
  29. ^ Catena Alta Chardonnay, Wine.com.
  30. ^ Catena Malbec, Wine.com.
  31. ^ Catena Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine.com.
  32. ^ Catena Chardonnay, Wine.com.
  33. ^ The Catena Institute of Wine is Officially Introduced at Wine Summit in Mendoza, PR Newswire.
  34. ^ Phenolic Composition of Malbec: A Comparative Study of Research-Scale Wines between Argentina and the United States, American Society for Enology and Viticulture, October 2014 .
  35. ^ The Catena Institute of Wine Marks its Role in the Launch of Argentina's First Wine and Viticulture Sustainability Protocol, CSR Wire, November 2013 .
  36. ^ Wine Spectator Reviews.
  37. ^ Wine Advocate Reviews.
  38. ^ Lechmere, Adam, Nicolás Catena Zapata honoured as Decanter Man of the Year, Decanter.com, September 18, 2009.
  39. ^ Great Parker scores for Argentinas top wines, WineSur.com, September 22, 2009
  40. ^ Argentine wine malbec and more, Smithsonianmag.com, September 23, 2010
  41. ^ Best New Reads for Wine Lovers WineSpectator.com, December, 2010
  42. ^ Laura Catena Uncorks Argentina The New York Times Magazine, November, 2010
  43. ^ Wine Star: Nicolás Catena Wine Spectator, October 2014
  44. ^ Argentina’s New Star Reds, Decanter Decanter magazine, October 2014
  45. ^ Nicolás Catena Awarded Life Time Achievement Award, Trialto.com, June 10, 2011
  46. ^ Dr Nicolas Catena Zapata Wins Lifetime Award, The Independent Wine Review, June 24, 2011
  47. ^ Dr Nicolas Catena Zapata Wins Lifetime Award, DER FEINSCHMECKER, March 26, 2011
  48. ^ Wine Enthusiast
  49. ^ 2010 Wine Star Awards Ceremony Wine Enthusiast, January 2011
  50. ^ Wine Advocate Reviews
  51. ^ The best of the best: Catena Zapata The best of the best: Catena Zapata, 2010 and 2011

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