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.
inaugural 1997 vintage of this Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blend set
a new standard of quality for wines from South America when it won a
series of blind tastings against first growths and other prestigious
cuvées from around the world.
whole cluster and 90% whole berry fruit is hand-loaded into 225-500
liter new French oak barrels for a 100% barrel fermentation for a
period of 20-30 days, allowing seamless oak integration. 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 24 months and an additional 24 months in bottle before
release. 210 separate row microvinifications from different lots and
Harvest time varies depending on each lot's soil composition. Harvest time can vary by several weeks between one lot and another within the same vineyard.
- La Pirámide Vineyard: 3,117 ft (950 m). Agrelo District, Luján de Cuyo Region, Mendoza, Argentina. Deep alluvial loam with 30% clay that decreases soil temperature by 35,6ºF (2ºC) in average. Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Domingo Vineyard: 3,675 ft (1,120 m). Villa Bastías District, Tupungato Region, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. Surface is completely covered with gravel. Alluvial topsoil is loamy with limestone deposits at 11,8 inches (30cm). Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Adrianna Vineyard: 4,757 ft (1,450 m). Gualtallary District, Tupungato Region, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. Alluvial, gravelly with limestone deposits in the topsoil. Malbec.
Vineyard: 3,593 ft (1,095 m). Altamira en La Consulta District, Uco
Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. Very shallow loamy topsoil with surface
gravel and gravelly (large stones) dry river bed subsoil - optimal
Winemaker: Alejandro Vigil