Five High-Scoring Malbecs from Catena Zapata

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Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutierrez has previously described Bodega Catena Zapata as “the most important winery in Argentina, producing both quantity and quality” and has recently concluded that “the name Catena on the label is a guarantee of quality.”


Below, we’ve curated a list of five Malbecs from Catena – “the high-end delivering world-class wines” according to Wine Advocate – for you to choose from. Each one comes extremely highly-rated by either James Suckling or Luis Gutierrez.


The selection includes the 2012 Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae, which received a perfect 100 points from James Suckling, who calls it the: “La Tâche of Argentina”. It also includes the 2012 Argentino, a “very powerful and dense” 98 pointer (James Suckling) blended from two of their finest vineyards. 


The final three hail from the 2013 vintage – rated 95 points “outstanding” by Wine Advocate. These represent a collector’s and a Malbec lover’s dream, as all three come from the extreme high altitude Adrianna Vineyard in “the fashionable appellation of the moment” (as Luis Gutierrez describes Gualtallary), which has been bottled into three different wines for this year, divided by soil and sun exposure. Luis Gutierrez’s high and tight score range of 96-98 points across the three wines perfectly demonstrates the quality on offer here.


As Gutierrez says “Anything wearing the Catena name is guaranteed to deliver what the label says: grape, vintage and place.” So if you love Malbec, these wines are simply a must-have…

Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Offer 2012 2013 Argentina Adrianna Vineyard James Suckling Wine Advocate