Catena 2011 Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec
100% Malbec (Malbec co-fermented with 1-3% Viognier) | Alc: 14.1% – Big and Bold
Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
The Catena Family is entering its second century of winemaking in Mendoza, Argentina. Named after Nicolás Catena Zapata’s youngest daughter, the Adrianna Vineyard is located at almost 5,000 feet elevation in Mendoza. The soils in this 1.4 hectare parcel are filled with scattered limestone and marine deposits that covered the region millions of years ago. The limestone layers are well-drained and particularly rich in rhizobacteria, the microorganisms that help vine roots withstand stress and absorb nutrients. Thus, the name “mundus bacillus terrae” or “elegant microbes of the earth”.
“A tricky vintage for many, this cool vintage ended superbly here, with the Malbec harvested two weeks later than usual. A stunning savory nose mingles with florality, sweet dark fruits and spices. A distinct peppery note accompanies layers of rich, ripe black and blue fruits on the palate, with a subtle but incredible intensity. The sweetness of the fruits is perfectly balanced by the savory, mineral-drenched mid-palate, and given structure by firm, chalky and beautifully chiseled tannins, with a perfect amount of acidity to provide lift. Sublime.” 97 Points – Decanter
“This is a beautiful Malbec with a complex array of flavors that range from plums, sweet herbs to nutmeg and cloves. The mid palate is lifted and fresh despite being full bodied, concentrated and intense with firm, velvety tannins. A wine to age and follow its evolution.” 91 Points – Jeannie Cho Lee
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