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Catena Adrianna V. Mundus Bacillus Terrae 2013

Catena Adrianna V. Mundus Bacillus Terrae

2013
Mendoza (Argentina)
97
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You'll be taking a second look at the label of this Adrianna Vineyard. Or a third. Accustomed to the...

£180.58

/ btl 0.75 L

Details for Catena Adrianna V. Mundus Bacillus Terrae 2013

Type

Wine Red Crianza

Wine region

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content

14.0%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2013

Review

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).

Tasting notes

  • ViewIntense / Violet / Black glints / Deep
  • Bouquet:Ripe red fruit / Tobacco / Violets / Lavender / Coconut
  • Mouth:Mineral notes / Bitter chocolate / Tannic / Concentrated / Opulent / Cassis / Liqueur

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Bodega Catena Zapata

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 ...