Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec River Stones 2016


Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec River Stones


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Product code
3 x 750ml
Listing type
Regulated designation
Dénomination origine (DOC)
Malbec 100 %
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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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Notes about product

Adrianna Vineyard is completely covered with oval white stones and was the site of an ancient riverbed. The abundant stones provide optimal drainage, and help to moderate the vine temperatures. Stony soil Malbecs tend to be extremely aromatic, rich and luxurious.

Winemaking notes

Wine was fermented in 225 liter oak barrels and 500 liter French oak roll-fermenters for 17 days. 10-15 day maceration. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels.

Press reviews

Wine Advocate

- 100 points -

June 2018

Like the other Malbecs from Adrianna Vineyard, the 2016 Adrianna Vineyard River Stones was bottled a little earlier, and the time in oak was shortened. It was a most unusual year that was cold and rainy and allowed for no irrigation. This has good ripeness and sharp acidity, making it powerful but extremely fresh, with a backbone of acidity that lifts the wine up and makes it extremely long and persistent. In fact, the wine blows me away with an unusual combination of power and elegance; it shows detailed and nuanced, with subtle aromas of violets, spices, tobacco and wet chalk. It has a velvety texture with ultra refined, fine-grained tannins. It is precise in the acidity and on the palate, with the textbook chalky tannins and a sapid, almost salty finish. This is serious, austere, mineral, long, compact, harmonious and concentrated, yet it feels light and has that somewhat contradictory powerful elegance. This has to be the best wine ever produced at Catena. I'd love to have a time machine and taste this wine in 20 years' time...

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Tim Atkin MW

- 96 points -

May 2019

This remarkably elegant Gualtallary Malbec comes from a terroir with a high percentage of calcium carbonate. Deeply coloured, wonderfully scented and precise with the underlying tannic structure to age and a core of fennel, thyme and blackberry.

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