95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Catena Zapata icons begin with the 2008 Nicasia Vineyard Malbec, which spent 18 months in 100% new French barriques. A glass-coating opaque purple/black, it offers up a super-fragrant nose of toasty new oak, earth notes, exotic spices, black cherry and black raspberry. This is followed by a plush, layered, intensely flavored, rich wine with potential complexity, precision, balance, and a seamless finish. Give it 4-6 years of cellaring and drink it through 2028." (12/11)
91 points Wine Spectator: "A dark, ripe, jammy red that remains fresh, with good cut to the dark blackberry pie, fig paste and plum pudding notes that pick up hints of mesquite and espresso on the focused, savory finish."