Wine "Catena Alta" Malbec, Mendoza, 2011
Wine of deep purple color with a touch of indigo.
The taste of wine is full bodied, rich, with a silky texture, soft tannins, hints of black currant, blackberry and ripe cranberries, which are interwoven with subtle notes of liquorice and black pepper. The finish is long, with notes of earth and pleasant acidity.
Sophisticated and expressive bouquet of the wine reveals aromas of ripe red and dark berries, hints of violets and lavender notes of leather, spice, mocha, vanilla nuances.
Wine is the perfect accompaniment for meat, cooked on the grill, roast venison, roasted lamb leg steaks from the meat of a young goat.
Wine line "Catena Alta" produced in limited quantities. For the production of quality wines monosortovyh used to harvest some of the best vineyards of the economy - "Adrianna" (1500 meters above sea level), "La Pyramids" (940 meters above sea level), "Domingo" (1100 meters above sea level), and others.
"Catena Alta" Malbec, 2011 - premium wine from grapes Malbec. The grapes are carefully selected. Fermentation at controlled temperature lasts 14 days, maceration continues for another 28 days. The wine is aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 70% of which - new.
Bodega "Catena Zapata" - known winery of Argentina, located in the region of Mendoza. The owners - Nicolas Catena and his daughter Laura. Great-grandfather of Nicolas Catena emigrated to Argentina from Italy in 1898. He purchased land in Mendoza, engaged in viticulture and raised the first harvest of grapes Malbec in 1902. Catena believed that this variety has long been grown in Bordeaux, reveal their full character in the land the Argentine Andes. His son Domingo to realize the dream of his father, becoming the largest owner of vineyards in Mendoza. Nicolas Catena spent a lot of time in California's Napa Valley, where he studied the methods of production of local wines. At that time he worked with the famous Robert Mondavi, trying to beat the best wines of France. They believed in this opportunity. And when Nicolas Catena returned to Mendoza, he sold his company to produce table wines. There was only one of the subsidiaries of the family wine business - Bodega Esmeralda. Argentina at the time was known as a manufacturer of mass of cheap wine, and Nicholas went against the general trend.
In 1980-90-ies Nicolas Catena has concentrated its efforts on the choice of the optimal conditions for the microclimate of different grape varieties and even their clones. He decided to plant vines Chardonnay and Malbec in the area Gualtallari where altitude of almost 1500 meters. It was the only way to improve the quality of grapes by limiting yield vineyards. It was a big risk and responsibility. Many doubted that Malbec reaches full maturity at such a height. But still had an excellent grapes. Thus, Nicholas first discovered that Mendoza and clones exclusive area for growing grapes. The cool climate, high valleys of the Andes and poor soil were ideal conditions for the grapes of the highest quality.
During the 1990s, Nicolas Catena and his team identified the best areas for cultivation of vineyards Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. As a result, a new line of wines super premium category - "Catena Alta". They were originally conceived as a single vineyard wine. But in 2001, was assembled an excellent crop of Malbec from three different vineyards Catena family, and choose the best of them was very difficult. Therefore, since that time, "Catena Alta" Cabernet Sauvignon and "Catena Alta" Malbec blends are produced as "different microclimates." Each of the terroir gives the wine unique characteristics. But, in contrast to the red wines, white "Catena Alta" Chardonnay is still made from grapes from a single vineyard called "Adrianna". He - the highest in its location, which gives the grapes and subsequently blame bright minerality and perfect purity of taste.
In Catena Zapata has a team of winemakers, where there are the most successful and talented winemakers in Argentina - Alejandro Seyanovich and José Galante, who is the chief winemaker and working in the company since 1975. Great strides vineyards economy Catena Zapata was made possible thanks to his scientific approach to winemaking.