2013 Catena Zapata Malbec Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae

Year: 2013
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 97
Vinous Media: 94+
James Suckling: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"There are three separate bottling from the Adrianna vineyard, one of them the 2013 Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae, from the shallow and limestone soils with a south-facing, cold exposure, that was coupled by a cool year. This has higher acidity and citric, effervescent acidity combined with chalky tannins providing length and freshness. This is terrific. 2,000 bottles were filled in December 2015.

Catena has added a new line of appellation wines and the red Adrianna Vineyard sees three different bottlings, separated by soil and exposure to sun. Other than that, they combine volume in quality like nobody else in Argentina. The name Catena on the label is a guarantee of quality." (WA)

"(these vines on shallow limestone soil are protected from the worst of the afternoon sun; there's huge organic material in the soil by Argentine standards, notes Alejandro Vigil): Bright saturated ruby to the rim. Crushed blackberry and smoky, saline soil tones on the nose. Utterly imploded on the palate, with penetrating acidity and saline minerality contributing to the wine's great inner-mouth tension. Powerfully structured, juicy, tannic wine with a long life ahead of it. "In a more Nebbiolo style," notes Vigil, who fermented the wine in old barrels and aged it in 2,000-liter barrels, none new. With a pH of 3.4, this wine should age at a snail's pace and may ultimately be the best of these 2013s. According to Vigil this 1994 planting was the first in Gualtallary." (VM)

"A generous and fruity wine with phenomenal depth and character. Full body, layered and beautiful with such gorgeous fruit character of berry, floral and hints of cream. Tangy and vivid. Hints of tangerine and stone in the aftertaste. Drink now but a wine to last for years. Made from organically grown grapes." (JS)

"This richly oaked selection from the high-elevation Adrianna Vineyard in Tupungato smells of berries, red currants and maple. It's angular on the palate, with acidity so high it's downright citric. Red berry, red plum and wood grain are the dominant flavors, and they're tarter than they are lush. Tannin is a noticeable element on its otherwise racy, high-acid finish. Drink through 2035. -Michael Schachner" (WE)

Winery Notes:
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".