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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...
An elegant and aromatic wine showcasing black fruit and spice, with moderate acidity, round mouthfeel and a smooth finish.
Fortuna Terrae means "luck of the land" in Latin. Fortuna Terrae sits on 5 hectares of deep, loamy soil at an altitude of 4482 ft (1366 m) and is home to many varieties of native grasses which prevent erosion and attract beneficial insects, singing birds and mountain foxes.
Fermented in 225 liter oak barrels and 500 liter French oak roll-fermenters for 16 days at a temperature of 25-30° C. Aged 24 months in French oak.
- 97 Points -
Cropped from a cooler and wetter year, the 2016 Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae was bottled with six months less time in oak than in other years. The wines are somehow "lighter" and more mineral, and they didn't want the oak to mark them. This comes from deeper soils that deliver more fruit, and of the three reds from Adrianna, this is always the one that shows more gentle, approachable and open, with more fruit up front. There are some notes of tobacco and spices. Considering how young the wine is and the fact that it will not be released for another year, the wine is going to be immediately appealing on release but should also develop nicely in bottle. The 2016 is the most complete of the three vintages I tasted together—2014, 2015 and 2016.See detailed press review
- 96 Points -
This is all about finesse and tension with a blackberry, blueberry and stone character. Focused and lifted. It fills the room with perfume. Medium-to-full body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish.See detailed press review
- 95 Points -
One of a trio of top Malbecs from the Adrianna Vineyard, this dense, spicy, richly aromatic red is fermented with 100% whole bunches and 5% Semillon. Rich, yet well balanced, with chalky minerality and classic, high-altitude perfume and precision.See detailed press review