"98 Points- Wine Advocate. The 2005 Nicolas Catena Zapata is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Malbec. The brooding bouquet delivers pain grille, mineral, violet, scorched earth, pepper, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas leading to a dense, opulent wine with gobs of savory fruit, ripe tannins, terrific concentration, and a 60-second finish."
"95 WE, 94 WA, 93WS The Chardonnay-Welschriesling blend 2005 #7 offers impressive aromatic complexity, suggesting brown-spiced apple and quince jellies, glazed pineapple, dried apricots, honey, musk, and truffle. Tactile spice and surprising fresh fruit character derive contrast in the mouth from creamy, oily textural richness and suggestions of nut brittle and chocolate. This finishes with uncanny freshness and lift for a wine so rich and nobly rotten. Look for a good two decades of interesting evolution here."
"A consistent winner in nearly every vintage, this dense ruby purple tinged 2005 reveals notions of toasty oak, roasted coffee, creme de cassis, spring flowers, licorice, and spice, and tastes like it came from a much more renowned terroir."
"Dark garnet in color, the aromas emerge from the glass as bright red fruits - cherry, raspberry, plum - and rose pedal notes. In the mouth, the wine is smooth with flavors of cherry, blackberry, white pepper and clove. A beautiful Rhone style blend!"
"91+ RP This stunning, 100% Merlot was fashioned from extremely low yields. It received a full Burgundian treatment of malolactic in barrel, aging on its lees, and the experimental racking system of rotation of the barrels on the Oxoline system (a barrelracking system on wheels where the barrels can be turned without opening, thus in effect doing a batonnage of the lees without any exposure to air). The deep blue/purple-colored 2005 Lynsolence boasts a bouquet of blueberries, graphite, acacia flowers, and wet steel. The wine is full-bodied with exceptionally high glycerin levels, huge tannin, and good acidity. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025+."
"92 pts. - WS A bouquet of pure, fine, and mature aromas of peach, pear, honey, and citrus fruits with spices that lightly lace its mellow texture. Tasty, even more refined than it usually is."
"92 Robert Parler An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a sumptuous bouquet of violets, melted licorice, creosote, black cherries, blackberries, and espresso. Boasting super intensity, huge, full-bodied opulence and power, and plenty of sweet tannin and glycerin. 2014 to 2030."
"92 Points- Wine Spectator. Nicely oaked, ripe but not over-ripe. Sweet scents of kirsch liqueur and black currants. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, and rich, with good glycerin as well as freshness, and a long, heady finish, this succulent offering should be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years."
"93 Points- Wine & Spirits. This is a wine that takes time to unfold, starting out deeply toasty and even tannic, getting brighter and more refined as it opens. Never does the flavor come across as fruity; instead, the flavor is so deeply savory it brings to mind brioche spread with foie gras. A blend of Obaideh and Merwah."
"92 pts. WA There's beautiful ripe fruit in this, with pineapple, mango and papaya and hints of vanilla and honey. Full-bodied and medium sweet. Rich and round, with loads of cooked apple, citrus peel and spices. Long and flavorful. Dense and rich. Best after 2012."