The Catena Zapata family's mission is to make profound and
unforgettable wines; wines that reflect the special character of each
vine within the family's historic vineyards. Constantly pushing the
viticultural envelope, Nicolás and Laura Catena have identified
Mendoza's best microclimates, selected the highest quality Malbec vines
and pioneered viticulture in undiscovered regions - the Adrianna
Vineyard at almost 5,000 feet elevation in the Andean foothills.
symbol of pioneering viticulture, the Adrianna vineyard is located at
5,000' elevation, the highest Malbec vineyard in all Mendoza. This wine
defines high altitude Malbec, with exceptional concentration and
structure that will last for at least 20 to 30 years.
30% whole cluster and 70% whole berry fruit is hand-loaded into 225-500 liter new French oak barrels for a 100% barrel fermentation for a period of 15-30 days, allowing seamless oak integration. Early harvest Malbec lots co- fermented with Viognier from Adrianna vineyard. The fermentation temperature is kept low, extracting intense aromas, and the cap management is done by hand to ensure soft, gentle flavors and tannin extraction. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel leaves considerable lees and sediment. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18-24 months (barrel age varies depending on vineyard lot soil), followed by 24 months of aging in bottle before release. 180 separate row microvinifications from different lots and harvest times.arate row microvinifications from different lots and harvest times.
time varies depending on each lot's soil composition. Harvest time can
vary by several weeks between one lot and another within the same
Winemaker: Alejandro Vigil