Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2007
Malbec from Argentina, South America
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 Wine Advocate - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Wine & Spirits - "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 Enthusiast - "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."
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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%.
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