James Suckling 93
Deep and complex on the nose with a ton of black fruits with delicate spice and cocoa powder notes. Rich and plush with plenty of finesse at the long creamy finish. The second vintage for this great-value-for-money blend of Malbec with Charbono and Petit Verdot.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 90
The 2016 DV Catena Tinto Historico is an homage to the wine produced by Domingo Vicente Catena, Nicolas Catena's father, famous for producing elegant red blends. It's 72% Malbec, 21% Bonarda and 7% Petit Verdot from a specific plot in their Angelica vineyard that has this varietal mix in the field. The grapes were picked together and had a five-day cold soak before fermenting at the same time in stainless steel and then maturing in mostly French and some American oak barrels for 12 to 14 months, depending on the lot. It's very harmonious, and the varieties are nicely assembled. It's very classical, with polished tannins and supple flavors.
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In 1902, Nicola Catena, an Italian immigrant, planted his first vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. The winery has remained under family control -- now in its fourth generation -- and is one of the few family-owned wine companies in Argentina that remains in Argentine hands. Owned today by Nicolás Catena and his daughter Laura, Bodega Catena Zapata is known as the pioneer of fine wine from Argentina, and Nicolás is recognized as the vintner who revolutionized wine quality in Argentina. A trained economist, Nicolás began this revolution in the early 1980s and continues to challenge himself and his team to make wines that can be counted among the best in the world. His measured approach to viticulture has taken its place in wine history as the pioneer of Malbec and high-altitude viticulture.
Catena wines, first launched in 1992, set a new standard for quality in South America. The wines immediately proved the quality potential of Argentina and garnered the first outstanding reviews for Argentine wines from worldwide media. After more than 20 years, the wines of Catena continue to lead the way in Argentine viticulture and winemaking. The family and the winery's employees take great pride in carrying on the tradition that began over a century ago.