2019 Bodegas Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Malbec

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Type of Wine Red
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation Mendoza (Appellation)
Winery Catena Zapata
Vintage 2019
Grape Malbec
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2024 - 2034
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The famous Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary is perhaps the most studied vineyard in the world and is the best vineyard in Catena for malbec. The vineyard is located at a respectable altitude of no less than 1480 meters. Only in this part (height and plot) can the Malbec vine absorb the optimal nutrients, which ensures that this absolute grandcru among the Adriannas is remarkably expressive and distinctive. Since 2011, a high-end Adrianna has been produced under the name: Adrianna Mundus Bacillus, the Terrae and the Adrianna Fortuna Terrae and the Adrianna River Stones. This River Stones is a unique and very scarce wine that was made in an extremely low edition. The River Stones comes from a small plot of 2.6HA from the Adrianna vineyard which is covered with white oval stones and was in the past a riverbed. This special piece of vineyard therefore has extremely good drainage. The vineyard is located at an altitude of 1366, so it is warm during the day and cold at night, but the white pebbles store the heat of the day and release it slowly during the night, which ensures a very gradual warming and cooling. The wine was aged for 24 months in French oak. The stony soil makes this Malbec very aromatic, rich and delicate. This is a great Malbec with beautiful soft tannins. The wine can be drunk young but can also be enjoyed for decades. This is an absolute collector's item and incredibly beautiful. Despite its high price, this is only a pittance compared to the expensive Bordeaux and Burgundies.

The Adrianna Vineyard River Stones is always the freshest and most austere of the three single-plot bottlings from the Adrianna Vineyard on Gultallary. This Malbec fermented with about 70% full bunches, as it was harvested at three different times and the first two were fermented with full bunches and the last bunch was added to the fermentation destemmed. The nose is subtle, elegant and nuanced; the grapes were picked quite early in 2018, creating a lively palate with almost citrus (blood orange) sensations. A small percentage of the wine was aged in stainless steel. They have worked with the irrigation and only irrigated it four times that year, achieving greater precision in viticulture, which is reflected in the balance of the wine. This has very fine tannins, a very fine thread and a dry, long and tasty aftertaste. This is clearly stony, true to the character of the place. Red fruit, structured and mineral. In December 2019, 5,160 bottles were filled and the wine was only released in Europe in the second half of 2021.

Bodega Catena Zapata is seen as the flagship of Argentina's wineries. Robert Parke's statement says a lot: 'when all is said and done, Catena Zapata is the Argentina winery of reference, the standard of excellence'.

99 points - The Wine Advocate
100 points - James Suckling
100 points - Vinous

Vineyard for 2019 Bodegas Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Malbec

The leading house Catena Zapata has been active in Argentinian viticulture for 4 generations. Bodega Catena Zapata was founded by Nicola Catena who left Italy by sailing ship to Argentina in 1898. He eventually ended up in Mendoza and planted his first vineyard here in 1902 with the grape variety Malbec. His son, Domingo, inherited the winery and realized his father's dream of becoming one of the greatest vineyard owners in Mendoza.

In the 1960s, the winery went through a difficult period due to the poor economy and rising inflation. Nicolás Catena, Domingo's son with an economics degree, took over in the mid-1960s and concentrated on expanding distribution in Argentina. He sold the table wine producing winery and kept only Bodegas Esmeralda, the winery of fine wines.

Argentina was known at the time as a bulk wine producing country and Nicolás was therefore considered crazy. But he insisted on looking for the best locations to plant vineyards, including in Gualtallary at high altitudes. In the 1980s he started to plant the grape varieties Chardonnay and Malbec. According to his own vineyard manager, the latter grape would never ripen here, but fortunately for Nicolás he did.

It took him five years before he was completely satisfied with the Malbec grape in the 60-year-old Angélica vineyard for the production of the Catena Malbec in 1994. A little later he started producing the Catena Alta wines, from the best plots. from its vineyards. He also grew many clones of the Malbec and managed to find the most suitable vineyard for each of them.

In the late 90s he started making some top cuvées which he called Catena Zapata (after the name of his mother Angélica Zapata). These wines are produced exclusively in exceptionally good years. Bodega Catena Zapata produces five different lines, mostly from vineyards at an altitude of 900 meters or more: Catena Zapata, Catena Alta, Catena, Alamos and Argento.



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Type of Wine Red
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation Mendoza (Appellation)
Winery Catena Zapata
Grape Malbec
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2019
Drinking as of 2024
Drinking till 2034
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 99
James Suckling rating 100
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe
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