£178.83/ btl 0.75 L
Details for Catena Adrianna V. Mundus Bacillus Terrae 2013
Bottle size and vintage
You'll be taking a second look at the label of this Adrianna Vineyard. Or a third. Accustomed to the concentration and powerfulness of Catena wines, you'll feel rather unsettled. The best thing is to taste it blind. If your nose and palate are well-trained, you'll perhaps make out the variety (Malbec, with a small percentage of Viognier, a scant 3%), but it'll prove difficult because in this wine the real and sole protagonist is the terroir, the altitude. In truth, a majestic wine that's come down from the heights.
It's hard to describe, as befits the finest wines. Its balance is so good that the best thing we can recommend you do is to enjoy it in small sips; it has such refined concentration that it dissolves on the tongue, its silkiness and sweetness are so splendid it seems to melt. The subtlety of each detail, its freshness, the extremely elegant exuberance it possesses... Heavenly. You'll enjoy it until the last drop, and what a shame there isn't any more! It doesn't come cheap but it's worth every penny.
NOTE about this wine's name: The Adrianna vineyard is located at an altitude of almost 1,500 metres and is named after Nicolás Catena Zapata's youngest daughter. The soils of this parcel are composed of calcium carbonate and marine fossils which used to cover the region millions of years ago. These calcareous layers provide good drainage and are rich in rhizobacteria, the microorganisms that help the vine's roots to withstand stress and absorb nutrients. Hence the term 'mundus bacillus terrae' (earth's microbe world).
- ViewIntense / Violet / Black glints / Deep
- Bouquet:Ripe red fruit / Tobacco / Violets / Lavender / Coconut
- Mouth:Mineral notes / Bitter chocolate / Tannic / Concentrated / Opulent / Cassis / Liqueur
- Optimum serving temperature:Between 16ºC and 18ºC
Best wine I have tried so far
Unbelievable power but also complex and well balanced. An iron fist in a velvet glove. Contemplating buying another bottle and putting aside for my 40th to see how well it ages. I have yet to try a wine from this maker that hasn't been excellent but this is on a different level.by: marco (30/06/2017) - Vintage 2011
Buy it while you can!
It got 100 points by Falstaff, 98 by RP and JS, 96 by Tim Atkin and 94 by Galloni…! How long are you going to hesitate before buying this gorgeously intense Malbec, with truckloads of dark fruit, herbs and firm balancing tannins? Buy it now, for you or for your children!
Bodega Catena Zapata
In keeping with family tradition, Nicolás Catena Zapata is now the third generation to run the winery and can count on daughter Laura to follow in his footsteps. They have been able to make the most of terroir best described as poor, yet exceptional, holding to the firm belief that these particular lands possess hidden qualities, excellent for grape-growing. The wine-making philosophy of Nicolás Catena lies in the art of blending fruit from different vineyards. Despite the ...