Nicolás and his team have started planting vineyards in Gualtallary, Tupungato, a region located at an elevation of 4,800 feet. Nicolás believes that by reaching the climatic limit of vine cultivation, this low yielding vineyard will eventually produce his finest wine yet. The first harvest was realized in 1999 and the fruit quality was remarkable, reaching new heights of excellence. Time will tell. In addition, Nicolás Catena is proud to announce the opening in April 2001 of his new state of the art winery in the high altitude winegrowing district of Agrelo in Mendoza, Argentina. Located at 950 meters above sea level, at the foot of the majestic Andes, this unique facility is equipped with customized, one of a kind winemaking technology. It is the latest reflection of Nicolás Catena's ongoing quest to place Argentine wines among the best of the world. The winery was designed to provide the most gentle handling of the grapes in order to reserve the full spectrum of their natural flavors and aromas. Custom designed wide mouth tanks, mobile crushers and selection tables, as well as a robotic punching down and remontage machine, allow for the maximum expression of varietal character. When he was defining the architectural style of the new winery, Nicolás Catena wondered how he would manage to embody the uniqueness of Mendoza's wine country, nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. A Mayan-inspired pyramid was his final choice. He felt that this civilization's stature as a grandiose example of Pre-Columbian American architecture could best reflect the unique terroir of the high altitude wine country of Mendoza, Argentina. Visit the Catena Zapata website.
Catena Alta 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon presents a dark, opaque violet color with blackish tones. Very intense and concentrate wine. With aromas of ripe black fruits, hints of tobacco and vanilla from the French oak barrels. The palate is full and rich with concentrated flavors of cassis and spicy notes. Tannins ... more
At almost 4757 feet elevation in the Andean foothills, the Adrianna vineyard's pebble covered soils and cool climate are ideal for growing Chardonnay. The fruit from the Adrianna vineyard has a purity of flavors and a minerality that is particular to this vineyard and can not be found anywhere else ... more
Catena Alta Malbec 2009 shows a deep violet color, with blue reflections. The nose is elegant and complex with ripe red and black berry fruits, notes of violets and lavender and a touch of leather, spice and vanilla falvors. The palate is full and rich with soft and sweet tannins ... more
The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2008 shows a saturated dark violet color; the nose offers cassis, mocha and clove, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of tobacco, dark berries, spices and minerals; a palate-staining ... more
The Catena family has conducted extensive research into the soils and microclimates of Mendoza's high altitude wine country in the foothills of the Andes mountains. At different altitudes, the family’s Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards express a unique profile of aromas and flavors: the black currant and cassis fruit flavors and ripe, ... more
The Catena Chardonnay 2011 combines the unique expressions of three high-altitude vineyard sites. The wine shows an intense greenish color with yellow notes. The extraordinary combination of vineyards offers honeyed tropical fruit flavors with concentrated aromas and flavors of ripe fruits, including notes of peaches, pears and figs, hints of ... more
The Catena family has conducted extensive research into the soils and microclimates of Mendoza's high altitude wine country in the foothills of the Andes mountains. At different altitudes, the family's Malbec vineyards express a unique profile of aromas and flavors: the ripe plum fruit flavors and silky texture of the ... more
Saturated dark violet color; aromas of black- and red currant, licorice and spice. Enters the mouth like liquid velvet, then creamy and seamless in the mid-palate, with lovely violet lift to the flavors of dark berries, licorice, bitter chocolate and spicecake. A velvety, yet also grainy wine with lovely lift ... more
Nicolas Catena Zapata 2008 has an intense dark violet color with bluish-black tones. Complex wine; Super-ripe aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice, enlivened by minerals, violet, pepper and herbs. Then penetrating, sharply delineated and impressively concentrated, with a serious backbone supporting its very fresh currant and mineral flavors; ... more
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