Catena Zapata River Stones Malbec 2019

Catena Zapata River Stones Malbec 2019

 

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Catena Zapata
River Stones Malbec 2019
  • Vintage : 2019
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Mendoza
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Malbec

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 100 2018
RP Robert Parker 99 2018
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 95 2018
WS Wine Spectator 93 2018
W&S Wines & Spirits 94 2016
TA Tim Atkin 95 2015
DCT Decanter 94 2014
WE Wine Enthusiast 91 2013
More information on wine critics and ratings

The River Stones sector of Adrianna is planted in the path of a dried river filled with white stones covered with lime - limestone. These stones make for optimal drainage and extreme temperatures because the stones absorb the heat and moderate the nights but also function like ice cubes after a very cold night. Stony soil Malbecs tend to be extremely aromatic, rich and luxurious, just like the River Stones Malbec from Adrianna.

About The Vineyard:

Over the years, Nicolás Catena Zapata discovered the influence altitude has on fruit quality. As one climbs the altitudes of the Andes the average temperature decreases and the amplitude between day and night temperatures increases.

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.

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) : 100 Points (2018)
This is really something. There’s purity and focus to the aromas of crushed berries, licorice and black tea, which follow through to an integrated palate of extremely fine, melted tannins that spread to the very ends of the wine. This is all about balance and length. It really is an emotional wine. Great follow-up to the 2017, which was also 100 points. Drinkable now, but better after 2024.

Robert Parker (RP) : 99 Points (2018)
The 2018 Adrianna Vineyard River Stones is always the freshest and most austere of the three single-plot bottlings from the Adrianna Vineyard on Gualtallary. This fermented with some 70% full clusters, as it was harvested at three different times and the first two fermented with full clusters and the last pick was added destemmed to the fermentation. The nose is subtle, elegant and nuanced; the grapes were picked quite early in 2018 and that ensured a vibrant palate with almost citrus (blood orange) sensations. A small percentage of the wine matured in stainless steel. They have been working with the irrigation and only irrigated it four times that year, achieving more precision in the viticulture, which gets reflected in the balance of the wine. This has very fine tannins, a very fine thread and a dry, long and tasty finish. This is markedly stony, true to the character of the place. Red fruit, textured and mineral. 5,160 bottles were filled in December 2019.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 95 Points (2018)
Riverstone is a 1.6-hectare parcel of Malbec grown in a dry river bed of stones coated in calcium carbonate. The winemaking process begins with fermentation in 500-liter barrels, followed by 20 months’ aging in French oak barrels. Expressive, like all wines grown in stony soil, this is also fruity with notes of sour cherry, raspberry and lavender. The palate is quite intense, offering hints of chalk that define the texture and a saline flavor that enhances and channels the effect in the mouth. (JH) (10/2020)

Wine Spectator (WS) : 93 Points (2018)
Structured and well-knit, with rich acidity backing red currant and dark cherry flavors that show notes of black olive. Slate and tarry hints midpalate lead to a finish powered by accents of forest floor. (KM) (12/2021)

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 94 Points (2016)
This malbec grows on the site of an old riverbed, where the currents left behind smooth stones coated with calcium carbonate. The high altitude of the site and these calcium-rich soils grow elegant malbec, lean and bright in its tangy acidity. The wine feels fresh and vibrant, with scents of roses and pine needles, while the cocoa-fine tannins give it a steady, settled feel. It gets more detailed after a day open, suggesting that this will continue to evolve with more time in the bottle.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 95 Points (2015)
The soils of the River Stones Malbec, located in a dry creek, are identical to those of the White Stones Chardonnay, producing a rich, spicy, textured wine that’s fermented with 100% stems. Plum and bramble fruit flavours are complemented by understated oak and a ripe, figgy finish. 2019-26

Decanter (DCT) : 94 Points (2014)
Sweet black fruit accompanied by leathery notes on the nose and palate, with a very moreish texture - a fantastic expression here, a feast!

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 91 Points (2013)
This wine's dark, smoky berry aromas include a reedy note. A selection from the rockiest part of the Adrianna Vineyard in Tupungato, it's so racy and bright that it's sharp and tangy on the palate. Its toasty red berry, plum and spice flavors finish with unusually high acidity. Drink through 2035.Cellar Selection

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