Catena Zapata Adrianna Fortuna Terrae 2019

Catena Zapata Adrianna Fortuna Terrae 2019

 

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Catena Zapata
Adrianna Fortuna Terrae 2019
  • Vintage : 2019
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Mendoza
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Malbec

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 99 2019
WS Wine Spectator 96 2019
RP Robert Parker 97 2018
W&S Wines & Spirits 91 2018
TA Tim Atkin 95 2015
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 94 2015
DCT Decanter 95 2014
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Fortuna Terrae means luck of the land in Latin,and indeed, the vines from this parcel of the Adrianna Vineyard are lucky.

The loamy soils are home to many varieties of native grasses wich prevent erosion and attract benefic insects, singing birds and mountain foxes. Because of the freshness imparted by the deep soils and high altitude, the wines of Fortuna Terrae have optimal acidity and delicate flower aromas. It is best to enjoy this wines a few years or decades after harvest.

VINEYARD:
Adrianna Vineyard: Gualtallary District, Tupungato Alto Region, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Parcel Name: Fortuna Terrae
Parcel Surface: 5 Hectares
Soil composition: Alluvial origin. Deep loam with limestone covered white stones
Altitude: 4.482 ft (1.366 m) elevation

Nicola Catena planted his first Malbec vineyards in Mendoza in 1902. Malbec had been a blending grape in Bordeaux, but Nicola suspected it would find its hidden splendor in the Argentine Andes. Fast forward sixty years and Nicola’s grandson Nicolas took the reigns of the family firm. Since the mid-1960s, Nicolas has spent his career building Catena in to one of the world’s best wineries, emulating what his mentor Robert Mondavi achieved in California. Nicolas was a pioneer of… Read more

James Suckling (JS) : 99 Points (2019)
Blackberries with some black tea and perfumes. Full-bodied with fine, dusty tannins and seamless texture. So long and consistent. 60% whole cluster fermentation with 14 months in oak casks. Glorious, tactile wine.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 96 Points (2019)
Give this red some air and then marvel at the elegant orchestra of violet, guava, wild berry and pomegranate aromas and flavors that keep playing on to the end. A push of fresh acidity midpalate adds details of loam, marinated olive and orange peel that linger effortlessly around the core fruit flavors and integrated, lithe tannins. Shows lots of promise, which should reward cellaring. Drink now through 2036.

Robert Parker (RP) : 97 Points (2018)
The 2018 Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae comes from deeper soils with clay and limestone planted in 1992 in Gualtallary. The grapes were picked a little later in 2018, as they had higher yields, to achieve better acidity. It fermented with 50% full clusters in 225-liter oak barrels and 500-liter roll fermentors and matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. It reveals some austerity and subtle aromas, red and black fruit, some spice and a medium to full-bodied palate with good tension and some austerity, developing a shy note of thyme after some time in the glass. It's very balanced and tasty. 5,040 bottles were filled in October 2019.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 91 Points (2018)
Nicolás Catena planted the Adrianna vineyard in 1992, where this wine grows in a 12-acre plot of deep loamy soils at 4,482 feet above sea level. The wine’s alcohol hasn’t quite integrated with the pale violet florals, blueberry-skin tannins and toasted-oak flavors. It’s silky, but not heavy, and some air reveals fresher facets, like crunchy raspberry, suggesting that the wine would improve with a few more years in the cellar.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 95 Points (2015)
The third vintage of this elegant, spicy, 80% whole bunch-fermented Malbec, made in more of a “European” style than many of the top Catena reds, is every bit as good as its predecessors. Fresh, tangy and peppery, with skilfully integrated 50% new oak, crunchy red berry fruit and a fine, refreshing finish. 2019-27

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 94 Points (2015)
Bright medium ruby. Aromas of black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and violet are currently showing a bit more oak influence than the River Stones Malbec. Denser on the palate than that wine as well, conveying a greater impression of power leavened by superb mineral energy. This wine always begins with about 1.5 grams per liter more acidity than the River Stones, noted winemaker Alejandro Vigil, despite the fact that in 2015 one of the components was picked with potential alcohol of 15.5%. Boasts an exhilarating balance of sweetness and acidity. Although the tannins are beautifully buffered, this wine will need aging to unfold. (ST) (7/2018)

Decanter (DCT) : 95 Points (2014)
From the chalkiest soils of the high Adrianna vineyard, this seems to have been made of stones rather than grapes. An intense minerality is accompanied by floral details in a firm, intense structure. A long and profound red. Two years in French oak.

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