|Goes well with||Beef, Cheeses, Duck, Game|
|Grape type||Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec|
|Drinking style||Tannic, well structured, dry|
Nicolás Catena Zapata is made from a selection of the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec in the Catena Zapata Vineyards. The first Nicolás Catena Zapata was made in 1997, a phenomenal Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in Mendoza. The 1997 Nicolás Catena Zapata was released in 2000 through a series of blind tastings held in the USA and Europe where it was compared blind to Chateau Latour, Haut Brion, Solaia, Caymus and Opus One. The Nicolás Catena Zapata 1997 came in either first or second in every tasting. This wine is only produced in outstanding vintage years. A blend of 78% Malbec and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is fermented in vertical 225 litre open barrels and small 500 liter tanks with manual punching down of the cap. It is the matured for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels.