At a staggering 4,700 feet of elevation and home to some of the finest Malbec and Chardonnay outside of France, the Adrianna Vineyard in Mendoza has established itself as one of the most distinctive vineyard sites in the world. First planted in 1992 amid skepticism that grapes could ripen at such an altitude, it’s now evident almost thirty years later that Nicolas Catena was a visionary ahead of his time. And while some traditionalists might raise an eyebrow to Adrianna Vineyard’s informal designation among locals as “South America’s Grand Cru”, the recent vintages Catena has released from this site have been nothing short of spectacular. Featured in todays offer is the powerful River Stones Malbec that now makes a strong case for being one of the finest 100% varietal Malbecs on the planet. Thanks to the long, extended growing seasons that are a hallmark of Adrianna, this wine rarely pushes above 14% ABV and is often defined by noticeable acidity and minerality derived (true to its name) from a vineyard that is covered with large, oval stones that sit atop what was once the site of an ancient riverbed in Mendoza.
Today I am very pleased to offer the 2017 vintage, 100 point, River Stones Malbec in various size formats as well as other new arrivals from the Catena Zapata range including a second 100 point wine, the 2018 White Bones Chardonnay. All are available for immediate delivery.
Offer as follows:
- Cases 3 x 75cl, 2017 Bodegas Catena Zapata, Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec @ £290.00 per case 3 (In Bond)
- Cases 1 x 300cl (Double Magnum) @ £430 per case 1
- Cases 1 x 600cl (Imperial) @ £860 per case 1
100 points….”Incredible aromas of blackberries, hot stones, wet earth and flowers. Full-bodied, it floats across the palate with ultra-fine tannins that melt into the wine. Superb, long finish of subtle fruit and terroir-defined subtleties. Try in 2022, but already a dream to taste.”-James Suckling. JAMESSUCKLING.COM
Also available for immediate delivery:
Cases 3 x 75cl, 2017 Bodegas Catena Zapata, Fortuna Terrae, Malbec @ £185.00 per case 3 (In Bond)
Case 1 x 600cl (Imperial) @ £555 per case 1
98 points…..”A dense and layered red with fantastic, soft and silky tannins that entice every inch of your palate. Full-bodied yet agile and energetic. Great depth and richness. So much violet and blackberry character. Hints of asphalt. Drink in 2022, but already a classic. “-James Suckling. JAMESSUCKLING.COM
And the whites,Cases 3 x 75cl, 2018 Bodegas Catena Zapata, White Stones Chardonnay @ £160.00 per case 3 (In Bond
98 points….”A very subtle yet intense White Stones on the nose with stone, bone, lemon-rind and dried-apple aromas that follow through to a full body that is very tight and closed, but shows a compact fruit structure of sliced mangoes and cooked apples. Vivid finish, turning to flamboyant minerality. In reserve still. Better in 2022. “-James Suckling. JAMESSUCKLING.COMCases 3 x 75cl, 2018 Bodegas Catena Zapata, White Bones Chardonnay @ £185.00 per case 3 (In Bond)
100 points…..”This is really exuberant at this stage with fantastic aromas of honeysuckle, salt, chalk and dried apples and pears. Full body. Dense, vivid fruit with a linear frame of wonderful, energetic acidity. The energy and length just goes on for minutes. Soulful white. Argentina’s answer to Montrachet. Stares you straight in the eyes. Drink or hold.”-James Suckling. JAMESSUCKLING.COM
Wine is available for immediate delivery. Prices offered exclude Duty and VAT. Payment on Invoice. E & OE
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