About this winery
At heart, Catena is a story about family. Family who poured their lives, passion and spirit into transforming scrub-laden desert into some of the most beautiful and unique vineyards in the world. Family that passed their knowledge from generation to generation, blending collective memory with state-of-the-art science from the new world of viticulture. Family who, through risk-taking, faith and a little luck, transformed their treasured Mendoza terroir into the fountainhead of the award-winning...
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In general terms, 2007 showed excellent levels of quality and concentration. The growing season was characterized by warmer than usual daytime temperatures with colder nighttime lows. 2007 also presented a higher than normal amount of both general precipitation and violent hail storms. In sandy/rocky soil areas of the Uco Valley, sanitary conditions, aromas and tannin development were absolutely extraordinary. The harvest was earlier than usual by between 14-30, days, depending on the area.
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De-stemmed, whole berry fruit is hand loaded into 225, 400 and 600 liter new French oak barrels; 100% barrel fermented for seamless oak integration; low fermentation temperatures extract intense aromas; all cap management done by hand for soft, gentle flavor and tannin extraction; alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel leaves considerable lees and sediment.
Saturated dark violet color; intense nose of cassis, mocha and clove, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. Combination of density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of dark berries, tobacco, spices and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.