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Catena Zapata - Nocolas Catena Zapata 2007

$119.00 -- 98 points - Robert Parker

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Catena Zapata - Nocolas Catena Zapata 2007

2007 Bodegas Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Nicolas Catena Zapata
Bodegas Catena Zapata
A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from

Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost
Wine Advocate # 192
Dec 2010
Jay Miller 98
Drink: 2010 - 2032 $120 (120)
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.

Catena Zapata's newest releases continue the high standards established by this Bodega virtually from its onset, a tribute to Nicolas Catena who continues to oversee his empire.

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  • Basel Cellars, Ode to Merriment - Columbia Valley Red Wine 2004 -- "Bright ruby-red. Plum, redcurrant, smoked meat and sweet, nutty oak on the nose. Dense, sweet, ripe and primary, with sound acidity giving shape to the almost liqueur-like black raspberry flavor. Boasts very good texture and sweetness and finishes with serious, building tannins."88 pointsBy Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 07"The 2004 "Ode to Merriment" is a tribute to our Merriment, our Walla Walla Valley Proprietary Blend. Due to the freeze, our Estate Vineyard Pheasant Run Vineyards did not produce in 2004. Our goal was to find the very best fruit possible. This wine was aged for 20 months, 65% new french oak, 35% two year old barrels. It is aromatic and ripe with a rich and dense mouthfeel. Scents and flavors of cherries, plums, cedar and espresso. It finishes with long, silky tannins. This is a wine that will reward you for the next 8 to 10 years."Winery Notes

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  • Broadley, Pinot Noir - Bergstrom Vineyard 2004 -- You guessed it, another fine special release from Broadley. The grapes for this wine were sourced from the critically acclaimed Bergstrom Winery. This opulent wine is a rather large, age-worthy, Burgundian-styled Pinot. Highly recommended and extremely limited in availability."Light red. Perfumed, seductive aromas of red berries, white pepper and baking spices, lifted by a fresh mineral tone. Sappy and fresh, with raspberry and wild strawberry flavors offering excellent energy and nerve. A suave, silky midweight that finishes bright, sweet and long."90 pointsBy Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 06

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  • Opus One, Napa Valley Red Wine 1991 -- 92 points - Robert Parker"Opus One's 1991 is a gorgeously rich, opaque ruby/purple-colored wine with a knock-out nose of smoke, cassis, vanilla, and a whiff of herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, with surprisingly supple, concentrated, chocolatey, cassis, and blackcurrant flavors that ooze across the palate, this voluptuously-textured example of Opus One is atypical in a vintage that produced so many backward wines. There is no question the wine possesses plenty of tannin, but it is admirably concealed by the copious quantities of concentrated fruit. This Opus can be drunk now as well as over the next 15+ years."  Robert Parker 2/95

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  • Owen Roe, Pinot Noir - Eola-Amity Hills 2006 -- "The predominately Jory soils in the Amity-Eola Hills are very well-drained and volcanic in origin.  These small mountains in the heart of the Willamette Valley can gather greater heat units than the surrounding Pinot Noir sites.  What makes this area truly unique is the tremendous cooling breezes that channel through the Coastal Range which create great diurnal temperature swings.  A result of the heat is darker fruited wine than those of the same soils in the Dundee Hills.  The long cool evenings impart fruit vibrancy, acidity, and spice. The 2006 vintage has turned out Pinot Noirs with massive weight and plenty of flavor.  This wine is our richest Pinot Noir of the vintage.   A majority of the fruit was farmed attentively by David and Jean Beck from their eponymous Crawford-Beck Vineyard.  Their bowl-shaped vineyard is located near Amity and lies atop a ridge with the Pinot Noir vines fanned across each of the slopes."Winery Notes

  • Phelps Creek, Pinot Noir - Judith's Reserve, Columbia Gorge 2006 -- "Our estate Pinot is forward in the nose with lusciously ripe blackberry and black cherry notes complemented with spice and toast of French oak. This full-bodied wine shows ripe berry flavors with complexity from oak aging and a long, full finish. This intense earthy wine pairs well with wild game, roasted duck, wild mushrooms."Winery Notes Best of Show, Northwest Food and Wine Festival, November 2007

  • Philip Togni Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003 -- "Not surprisingly, Togni's 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has put on weight, and is performing even better out of bottle than it did from cask. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by classic aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, black currants, blackberries, dried herbs, smoke, barbecue spice, licorice, and tapenade. The wine is full-bodied, pure, and concentrated, with firmly structured tannin. While our culture prizes immediate gratification, these beauties require bottle age, and I rarely touch a Togni Cabernet Sauvignon before age 8 or 10. The 2003 requires another 7-8 years of cellaring, and should last for three decades or more. As a postscript, I want to acknowledge a wine Philip Togni produced early in his career at Chappellet, the 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon. Recently, one of my dearest friends, Dr. Jay Miller, was feting his 60th birthday, and brought a bottle of this wine along with a collection of profound museum pieces. Togni's '69 may be one of the greatest California Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted. Every bottle I have had seems to get better and better. This 36-year-old wine tastes like a 14- or 15-year-old adolescent except for the extraordinary soaring aromatics of creme de cassis, spice box, incense, and cedar. In the mouth, it's gorgeously fresh, full-bodied, super-concentrated, and revealing no signs of age. It is both a monument to California Cabernet Sauvignon and an homage to a feisty British-born winemaker who continues to turn out some of the world's most interesting wines."95 pointsThe Wine Advocate, #162, December 2005

  • Pirouette, 2005 -- "The 2005 Pirouette features winemakers Agustin Huneeus and Philippe Melka. It is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 5% Malbec, and 4% Cabernet Franc aged for 22 months in 75% new French oak. Saturated purple in color, it offers aromas of wood smoke, earth notes, spice box, plum, black currant, and blueberry. The wine is seamless upon entry but a bit short in the finish. Perhaps a few years of bottle aging will fill it out. Long Shadows is the brainchild of Alan Shoup, longtime CEO of Chateau Ste-Michelle. It is a consortium of seven different labels, each with its own star winemaker who has a 25% share in the brand. The concept is that each "is dedicated to producing a single Columbia Valley wine representing a 'best of type' that reflects the winemaker's signature style." For the second straight year, every wine in this portfolio has achieved an outstanding rating. For this, the credit goes to Alan Shoup who put it all together."91 pointsJay Miller, Wine Advocate # 177, Jun 2008"Philippe Melka and Agustin Huneeus, Sr. teamed to combine the lore of old world winemaking, the advancements of new world technology, and small lots from Washington State's finest vineyards to craft this exotic Cabernet Sauvignon based blend. Tasting Notes: This rich, deeply colored wine offers a broad spectrum of complex aromas including leather and black cherry interwoven with hints of spice, earth and a subtle note of licorice. Supple yet firm tannins on the entry turn rich on the mid-palate to provide a lush mouthfeel across a lengthy finish. Vintage: The 2005 Pirouette is a wine that reflects the power and structure of an exceptional vintage. While spring temperatures were mild, growing conditions were nearly perfect throughout the summer and fall. Mid-June temperatures were warm, and the heat persisted throughout July and August. Temperatures cooled just enough in September to ripen the grapes completely without rushing physiological maturity resulting in a finished wine with great intensity and ripe, focused flavor. Winemaking: Pirouette is a wine made in the vineyards. Philippe works with growers to keep yields below three tons per acres. At harvest, grapes are picked at perfect ripeness, and then sorted by hand at the winery. Only the highest quality clusters are retained for fermentation on the skins for up to 40 days, producing optimal color and tannin extraction. This wine was aged 22 months in 75% new oak with a selection of barrels from Taransaud, St. Martin and Ermitage. Vineyards: The Columbia Valley is a diverse growing region providing winemakers with the opportunity to add complexity and dimension to their wines by drawing from a broad cross-section of vineyards. For the 2005 Pirouette, a selection of outstanding Columbia Valley vineyards (48%) were chosen for their ripe fruit character; Wahluke Slope (24%) and Red Mountain (9%) vineyards added ripe tannins and flavors; Horse Heaven Hills vineyards (14%) including Cabernet Sauvignon from Champoux and Wallula Vineyards contributed texture and a distinct, earthy note to the wine; and Yakima Valley's Boushey Vineyard (5%) added an extra layer of dark fruit."Winery Notes

  • Ponzi, Pinot Noir - Reserve, Willamette Valley 2005 -- "Rich in texture, this harmonious wine shows ripe blackberry and cherry flavors shaded with pepper and licorice notes, mingling smoothly on the graceful finish. Drink now through 2013. 1,500 cases made." Score: 92 "White pepper, black plums, dark chocolate and exotic spices highlight the constantly evolving nose. The mouth is full and lush with red raspberry, blueberry and cassis. A sweet fruited mid-palate precedes present, but soft, tannins and a lingering finish." -Luisa Ponzi

  • Ramey, Cabernet Sauvignon - Jericho Canyon Vineyard, Napa Valley 2004 -- "The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Jericho Canyon Vineyard (a 1,730-case cuvee of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc) has an inky dark ruby/purple color, a wonderfully sweet nose of espresso roast, fudge, blackberry, and cassis with a hint of incense and smoke. The wine is full-bodied, broadly flavored, opulent, and voluptuous, and that in itself seems to give the wine its current appeal, although I think this is a candidate for at least two decades of cellaring."  94 points.  Drink 2006 - 2026  ©Robert Parker, #168 Wine Advocate"The 2004 Jericho Canyon Vineyard (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc) shows a deep purple color and a sweet nose of jammy black fruits intermixed with smoke, licorice, and incense. The wine is ripe, opulent, fleshy and up-front, as so many 2004s tend to be. This full-bodied, velvety-textured 2004 should drink well for 15 or more years."©Robert Parker, #162 Wine Advocate"Intense, vibrant and focused, with spicy currant and blackberry fruit that's well-defined, complex and supple-textured. Yet this has the desired backbone of acidity and earthy tannins. Decant. Best from 2008 through 2013. 1,730 cases made." -JL  ©The Wine Spectator Score: 90

  • Ramey, Chardonnay - Hyde Vineyard, Carneros District 2005 --  "...interwoven are notions of spring flowers, orange marmalade, white peaches, and steely minerals. Its abundant fruit conceals any evidence of wood. Well-delineated, with outstanding acidity as well as a layered, sumptuous finish, it should age nicely for 4-5 years, possibly longer. One of Northern California's most successful winemakers/consultants, David Ramey's personal winery continues to go from strength to strength. Ramey has had the best of both worlds, working in Bordeaux for the Moueix family, and in California at Dominus, Chalk Hill, and Rudd Estate. Ramey has two hierarchies of Chardonnays, his generic appellations as well as his single vineyard cuvees. Previously recommended: 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Jericho Canyon (94), 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal (95+), 2004 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard (91), 2004 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (94), 2004 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard (93)."  ©Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #174

  • Ridge, Montebello 1999 -- May/June 00 "Very saturated ruby. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, licorice, grilled nuts, fresh herbs and flowers. Great density and sweetness; this wine's uncanny depth of flavor already suggests this will be a top Monte Bello vintage. Really remarkably full for a wine with 12.7% alcohol: this is routinely done by Chateau Latour in riper years but it's hard to imagine a North Coast cabernet pulling this off. Lovely acids brighten the wine's black fruit and floral flavors and contribute to the impression of firm structure. Palate-staining, extremely long finish features very fine tannins." 92-95 pointsMay/Jun '01 "Bright saturated ruby. Very subtle, deep aromas of cassis, blackberry, iodine, iron and bitter chocolate; if the 2000 smells like Margaux, this is more Pauillac. Dense, bright and powerfully structured; thick but sharply delineated. Intriguing notes of leather and bitter chocolate. Firm acids and tannins contribute to the impression of backbone. But the tannins of the 2000 are even sweeter." 91-93 pointsMay/Jun 02 "Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of boysenberry, iron and mocha. Dense but tightly wound and not overly sweet; has a silky texture despite possessing a strong acid spine. Finishes with palate-cleansing acids and a late spicy character. This very young wine will need a good decade of cellaring, but even today there are no rough edges." 92(+?) points~By Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine CellarA wine of great balance, finesse and grace. Well-focused, the ripe, tart, rich blackberry and currant fruit is intense yet elegant, picking up earth, mineral and sage notes, and finishing with fine, well-integrated tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2012. 5,679 cases made.

  • Silver Oak, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1997 -- (94-95) points - Robert Parker"The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa looks to be one of the finest wines made by the winemaking team of proprietor Justin Meyer and winemaker/viticulturist Daniel Baron. The 1997 Napa is an impressive effort. A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine has a flamboyant nose of fruitcake, licorice, Asian spice, black currants, and toasty wood. Deep, opulent, viscous, intense, chewy, and thick, it is a classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon made in an all-American oak lovers' style. It should drink well for 12-15 years." - Robert Parker 12/00

  • Sokol Blosser, Meditrina N/V -- "In 2004, we discovered a little known Roman goddess, Meditrina. Everyone knows about Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and intoxication. Who knew there was also Meditrina, Roman goddess of wine and health! We couldn't believe that thousands of years ago the Romans had enough savvy to connect wine and health and name a goddess to oversee the two. What happened? Overshadowed for too long by Bacchus's flamboyance, Meditrina deserves to take her rightful place in the wine world. We decided to help her get there by creating a heart healthy red wine in her honor. There is a core of rich, lush berry from the Syrah. The Zinfandel provides spice, tannin and structure. And the Pinot Noir brings flowers, earth and elegance. It all adds up to a luscious, juicy, easy-drinking mouthful of red wine that's both bright and vibrant yet round and soft. Every sip of the wine, Meditrina, honors the goddess of the same name. Mmmmm."Food Pairings: Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Charbroiled Chicken with Rosemary Mashed Potatoes or enjoy by itself.~Winery Notes

  • Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne - Blanc de Blancs 1998 -- "Light yellow. Stony peach and pear aromas are complicated by smoked meat and Asian spices. Round and filled in, with admirably deep pit fruit flavors, a pliant texture and a fresh mineral kick on the finish. Leaves a strong pear impression on the palate and an echo of minerals." 93 points  Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2007

  • Velocity, Rogue Valley Red Wine 2003 -- "Deep garnet color with vibrant magenta rim.  Refined and integrated even in its youth, yet displaying a characteristic warm-vintage exuberance. On the palate, the wine is polished, smooth and well-paced as it reveals complex flavors of black cherries, cassis, crème brulee and truffle. Deftly balanced, with ripe, fine-grained tannin contributing to the velvety mouthfeel. Finishes long with silky layers of bing cherry, mint and clove."  Winery Notes

  • Viader, Table Wine - Napa Valley 2000 -- "Lots of attractive, up-front fruit pleasure, with a core of black cherry and blackberry shaded by cedar, mocha, coffee and leather. Finishes with a sense of elegance and ripe, integrated tannins. Best from 2004 through 2012. 4,647 cases made."

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