Described by The Wine Advocate as “one of the quality leaders in Argentina” who’s “wines are phenomenal”, Catena Zapata has made a name for itself as a benchmark high-altitude producer with vineyards throughout Argentina’s Mendoza region.
The original winery was founded in 1902 by Italian immigrant Nicola Catena who eventually passed it on to his grandson Nicolás Catena Zapata. Nicolás was one of the first to introduce many European winemaking techniques to Argentina and was instrumental in putting high-altitude Argentinian wines on the map. Currently, Laura Catena, Nicolás’ daughter and fourth-generation winemaker of the family, runs the winery. Laura has also established the Catena Institute of Wine, which focuses on the study of terroir and sustainability, resulting in Catena Zapata becoming one of the most studied estates in the world.
Their famous Adrianna vineyard is located at almost 5,000 feet elevation, where the extreme high-altitude results in intense sunlight and cool nights, only a few degrees above freezing even in the summer. Today we are delighted to share with you, four wines from this acclaimed producer.
Bodegas Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard White Bones Chardonnay 2019:
White Bones Chardonnay comes from select rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The name refers to the soil underneath the vines, which is layered with calcareous deposits and limestone as well as fossilized animal bones – remnants of a river that used to pass through the region.
Fermentation is in French oak barrels for 45 – 95 days at 16°C. Aged for 12-16 months in 2nd, 3d and 4th use French oak barrels.
The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez calls this 2019 iteration “truly outstanding” awarding 98-points. James Suckling goes one further with 99-points noting “incredible intensity and length”.
Bodegas Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard White Stones Chardonnay 2019:
White Stones Chardonnay again comes from select rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. This time name refers to the ground beneath the vines which is covered with oval white stones. These stones help regulate the temperature of the vines, acting as storage heaters at night.
Luis Gutiérrez describes the 2019 White Stones as “amazing”, worthy of a brilliant 99-points. He feels both the estate’s whites of 2019 show more character in general thanks to the cooler than average year, with the White Bones being more aromatic and the White Stones more minerally.
James Suckling tastes “a very fresh, bright white…Intense finish. Really takes off” 97-points.
Bodegas Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2017 & 2018:
Fortuna Terrae means luck of the land in Latin, and indeed, the vines from this parcel of the Adrianna Vineyard are lucky. The deep loamy soils are home to many varieties of native grasses which prevent erosion and attract beneficial insects. Because of the freshness imparted by the deep soils and high altitude, the wines of Fortuna Terrae have optimal acidity and delicate flower aromas.
Both James Suckling and Luiz Gutiérrez award the 2017 98 points, with Gutiérrez stating “this is really very good this year…the wine is very balanced and compact, with all the ingredients greatly integrated”.
The 2018 also scored 98 points from Suckling, and 97 points from Gutiérrez, who describes it as “very balanced and tasty”.
Bodegas Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2017 & 2018:
This wine takes its name from a small parcel of the Adrianna Vineyard that is covered with oval white stones, remnants of an ancient riverbed. Similarly to the ground found around the White Stones Chardonnay vines, the stones here provide optimal drainage and temperature regulation, absorbing heat during the day and moderating the nights. Stony soil Malbecs tend to be extremely aromatic, rich and luxurious, and the River Stones Malbec is no exception.
The 2017 bottling of River Sones is a smash hit, achieving a perfect 100 points from James Sucking. “Incredible” and “superb” are the kind of superlatives he feels this wine deserves. Luis Gutiérrez describes a “beautifully textured Malbec” that is a “superb expression of the austere wildness of Gualtallary”, awarding 98 points.
The 2018 release also scored a perfect 100 from Suckling who says “this is really something… all about balance and length…a great follow-up to the 2017”. Luis Gutiérrez goes one further than his 2017 scoring, awarding a huge 99 points for this 2018.
We have multiple large formats available of the reds, perfect for entertaining over the summer months. All the above are in-stock and immediately available for delivery.
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