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 AdvocateThe 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 SpectatorImmense, 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 CellarSaturated 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 & SpiritsPlanted 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 EnthusiastFruity, 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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