Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2006
Malbec from Argentina, South America
This is powerfully rendered, with dark fig, black tea, melted licorice and plum sauce notes cascading over one another, while dense, loamy tannins provide support. Dense on the finish, but with a long, supple texture that lets the fruit sail on. Best from 2010 through 2012.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Malbec Adrianna Vineyard received the identical elevage as the Nicasia cuvee. It has a racier personality with a silky palate feel, sweet flavors, and exceptional length. It, too, merits 6-8 years of cellaring and will present a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2026. "
Wine Spectator - "This is powerfully rendered, with dark fig, black tea, melted licorice and plum sauce notes cascading over one another, while dense, loamy tannins provide support. Superdense on the finish, but with a long, supple texture that lets the fruit sail on. Best from 2010 through 2012."
Wine & Spirits - "At 4,600 feet, Adrianna is one of the highest vineyards in the Uco Valley. In 2006, it produced this intensely fresh and powerful malbec. Packed with the flavor and crunch of just-picked cherries, it moves across the palate with the tense, muscular force of its tannins. The structure manages to integrate with the fresh, fruity flavors, a true Andean breeze, filling the mouth with spice"
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby-red. Captivating nose combines dark berries, mocha and smoky minerality, all lifted by a violet topnote. Very rich but classically dry, with outstanding intensity and depth of dark fruit flavor. There's no easy sweetness or flesh to this serious wine, which seems set for a decade or more of positive evolution in bottle. Vintage 2006 was a very warm year, but both this and the Nicosia Vineyard are in cool spots, and the Adrianna is situated at an altitude of 4,800 feet. According to Nicolas Catena, sunlight intensity at high altitude decreases tropical fruit aromas in white wines and also "kills" pyrazine aromas (e.g., green pepper) in cabernet. "
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Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate. View all Catena Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.