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At heart, Catena is a story about family. Family who poured their lives, passion and spirit into transforming scrub-laden desert into some of the most beautiful and unique vineyards in the world. Family that passed their knowledge from generation to generation, blending collective memory with state-of-the-art science from the new world of viticulture. Family who, through risk-taking, faith and a little luck, transformed their treasured Mendoza terroir into the fountainhead of the award-winning...
Adrianna Vineyard is completely covered with oval white stones and was the site of an ancient riverbed. The abundant stones provide optimal drainage, and help to moderate the vine temperatures. Stony soil Malbecs tend to be extremely aromatic, rich and luxurious.
Wine was fermented in 225 liter oak barrels and 500 liter French oak roll-fermenters for 17 days. 10-15 day maceration. Aged 24 months in French oak.
- 95 Points -
The soils of the River Stones Malbec, located in a dry creek, are identical to those of the
White Stones Chardonnay, producing a rich, spicy, textured wine that’s fermented with 100% stems. Plum and bramble fruit flavours are complemented by understated oak and a ripe, figgy finish.
- 95 Points -
The 2015 Adrianna Vineyard River Stones is from the stonier part of Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary, from vines right next to the river bed at 1,349 meters in altitude, a part that tends to produce more austere wines. There is higher ripeness compared with 2014 and 2016. Even though it might show a little more exuberant in comparison, the palate reveals an austere wine that has a large personality but is superbly balanced, with very fine-grained tannins and very good balance. But sometimes comparisons can be tedious, and there are wines that suffer. This is one of them, but it is still superb. 4,800 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2017.See detailed press review
- 94 Points -
(14.6% alcohol; from vines on stony soil over calcaire; vinified with 40% whole clusters; winemaker Vigil begins with a bit of carbonic maceration, then does a traditional fermentation, using only punchdowns): Bright, dark ruby. Strong crushed-rock minerality on the nose, along with aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate, all lifted by a piquant floral quality. Densely packed but precise and perfumed owing to its chalky energy, conveying an impression of moderate ripeness to its dark berry and light herb flavors. Quite tight and youthfully imploded but already displays an alluring subtle sweetness. Perhaps most impressive today on the back end, which features substantial firm but fine-grained tannins and terrific rising, expanding length.See detailed press review