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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Planted in 1992 and named for Nicolas Catena's youngest daughter, the Adrianna Vineyard has Malbec vines on original rootstock that were part of a massal population from the Catena family's historic, 80 year old Angélica vineyard. Leaf thinning on March 20 for the eastern side of the rows allowed the Malbec fruit to bask in the softer, early morning sunlight. With harvest on April 28th, the vines enjoyed an extremely long, 90 day window from veraison to harvest, resulting in very high polyphenolic accumulation. A plant by plant selection process means only the highest quality fruit becomes part of this exceptional Malbec.
"The 2007 Adrianna Vineyard Malbec is a similar purple/black in color with an expressive bouquet of sandalwood, Asian spices, incense, mineral, black cherry, and black raspberry. Opulent on the palate with serious extraction, great depth of flavor, complexity, and impeccable balance, this loaded, potent effort will evolve for at least 5-7 years and see its 20th birthday in prime condition."
The Wine Advocate
"Immense, packed with gorgeously pure raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit that stays fresh and driven despite its weight, thanks to perfectly embedded structure. The long, suave toast- and spice-filled finish almost flaunts its power, but stays deftly balanced. An impressive display of the modern style. Best from 2011 through 2015."
"Saturated deep ruby. Precise aromas of blackberry, graphite, licorice and mint. More intense and penetrating than the Nicasia, with even more acid energy to counterbalance its impression of sweetness. From vines picked during a cool April, says Nicolas Catena. Very firmly structured malbec with an extremely long, building, authoritative finish. I'd give this a couple years in the cellar."
International Wine Cellar
"Planted in the mid 1990s at an elevation of 5,000 feet, the Adrianna Vineyard is one of the highest in Mendoza. Even in warm years like 2007, this wine shows the freshness of its altitude in bright notes of cherries woven into riper fig and dried fruit flavors, together building a delicious balance. It feels tense and substantial, outlined by freshness that keeps the flavors going through a long finish. One of Argentina's top malbecs."
Wine & Spirits
"Fruity, pure and smooth on the nose, and maybe more dry and leathery than the blasting Nicasia vineyard wine. the palate has a deep, classy elegance along with power, and the flavors run toward huge black fruits, coffee and chocolate. Finishes dark, long and minerally, and overall it's yet another awesome top-flight Malbec from this woel-class winery. Drink now through 2014."
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...Read More About Catena
(ahr-jen-TEE-nah) Now fifth in the world for wine production, Argentina is catching up in the quality wine sector. A long time wine producer, Argentina used to make wine in order to drink it, not export it. And so the wines produced were quaffable and rustic and made for the local's everyday dinner. Yet it's hard not to get caught up in the wine market of the world and some...Read More About Argentina
Angel of Argentina
Originally a common grape in Bordeaux,
Malbec adds only a small percentage to the blends there. It has, however, found another region in which to flourish -the bourgeoning wine region of
In fact, Argentinians have adopted Malbec as their national grape!
Malbec is used in small amounts in...Read More About Malbec
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