Sold Out Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard 'River Stones' Malbec 2017
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100
James Suckling
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98
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard 'River Stones' Malbec 2017

Last unit sold for $237.00

Product description

Stony soil Malbecs tend to be extremely aromatic, rich, and luxurious, just like the River Stones Malbec from Adrianna.  The 2017 Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec is floral and exuberant, with lengthy smooth tannins.  It pairs well beautifully with meats.

100 Points - James Suckling     Incredible aromas of blackberries, hot stones, wet earth and flowers. Full-bodied, it floats across the palate with ultra-fine tannins that melt into the wine. Superb, long finish of subtle fruit and terroir-defined subtleties. Try in 2022, but already a dream to taste.

98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate     One of three Malbecs from the Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary, the 2017 Adrianna Vineyard River Stones was surprisingly fresh for the conditions of the year. They discarded a small plot that was a little too ripe. The wine fermented with full clusters and finished fermenting without skins or stems (like a white), and this was done with 100% of the volume, because in previous years, it was done for maybe 70% of the wine. This helps with the texture and the minerality, a mouthfeel rather than a flavor, reminiscent of the stony soils covered with limestone. This tends to be the most austere of the three bottlings, but it shows a little more fruit; and there is a lot of acidity, but it's nicely coated by the fruit. The result is a beautifully textured Malbec that seems to open up slowly in the glass—the violet and berry aromas get complicated by some spice (curry?), and the palate feels more layered. This is a superb expression of the austere wildness of Gualtallary.