Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2019
"Blackberries with some black tea and perfumes. Full-bodied with fine, dusty tannins and seamless texture. So long and consistent. 60% whole cluster fermentation with 14 months in oak casks. Glorious, tactile wine. Drinkable now, but better in three or four years." James Suckling 99 points Drink 2022-39
The 2018 Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae comes from deeper soils with clay and limestone planted in 1992 in Gualtallary. The grapes were picked a little later in 2018, as they had higher yields, to achieve better acidity. It fermented with 50% full clusters in 225-liter oak barrels and 500-liter roll fermentors and matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. It reveals some austerity and subtle aromas, red and black fruit, some spice and a medium to full-bodied palate with good tension and some austerity, developing a shy note of thyme after some time in the glass. It's very balanced and tasty.
A pure and minerally style, with concentrated dark cherry, currant and blackberry flavors that are backed by fresh acidity and lithe tannins. The fresh finish is powerfully elegant, lingering with rich spice and savory accents. Drink now through 2028.
Catena Zapata works with specific parcels from their Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary - in this case, Lot 6. Fermented in French barrels and aged for 18 months, this Malbec presents a typical profile for a cold area. It offers sweet and sour cherry and violet aromas with hints of lavender and sage; the attractive perfume is underlined by the oak. The nuanced profile features a palate of fine, well-integrated, juicy tannins made more expressive by salinity, along with a lengthy raspberry aftertaste.