Catena Zapata Nicolas 2007
The flagship, the 2007 Nicolas Catena Zapata, a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It delivers an enthralling aromatic array of pain grille, pencil lead, mineral, espresso, mocha, incense, lavender, black currant, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a full-bodied, powerful yet elegant effort with great depth and volume, precision balance, and a voluptuous personality (a D-cup of a wine). It conceals plenty of structure and will effortlessly evolve for 6-8 years, drinking well through 2032 if not longer.
A ripe, modern success with everything a fan of New World reds might want. The nose is floral and beautiful, with fine oak scents supporting brilliant raspberry, plum and spice aromas. It's deep, smooth and pressing in the mouth, with a delicious set of blackberry, coconut, vanilla and creamy flavors. A beauty to drink now through 2017.
Dense yet supple, with gorgeous blackberry, raspberry and plum skin notes revealing layers of wild sage, cured olive, espresso and spice. Harmonious, with fine tannins adding grip, as the fruit sails on the mocha-tinged finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2014.
Full red-ruby. Very tight aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, licorice, pepper and herbs. Rather tight and uncompromising, even a touch reduced, offering good intensity and structure but less fruit sweetness and flavor than most vintages of this wine. The firm, dusty tannins show a dry edge. Will this clenched wine blossom in bottle? Time in the glass brought more texture and sweetness and a captivating violet quality. This early harvest was reportedly favorable for cool vineyards like Adrianna and Nicasia, fruit from both of which are in this blend.