Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Malbec 2017
A layered and very soft red with checked yet unctuous tannins. Full body and caressing texture. Plenty of meat, earth and decadent notes. Great finish. A joy to taste. Drink or hold.
The three reds from Adrianna vineyard felt quite homogeneous in quality; perhaps the slightly warmer years provide more even wines, and the cooler vintages tend to show more differences. Having said that, I was quite impressed by the 2017 Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae, a wine that is usually more backward and is sold later than the other two. There is clout and power but with balance and finesse. The ripeness is very contained, and the texture on the palate is similar to the other two. I guess they harvested earlier to compensate the lower yields and the warm end of the season. Rating: 97+
The flagship is the 2014 Malbec Mundus Bacillus Terrae Adrianna Vineyard, which sees a long cold soak and a relatively short maceration followed by two years in a mix of different barrels. Cut from the same cloth as the Fortuna Terrae, yet with another level of elegance, its deep purple color is followed by a fabulous bouquet of blueberries, damp river rocks, violets, white truffle, and forest floor. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, elegant, beautifully balanced Malbec that has terrific purity, a seamless texture, and beautiful length on the finish. It’s pure class and will keep for 15-20 years or more.
Bright saturated ruby. Much tighter on the nose than its 2016 sibling, hinting at blackberry, dark chocolate and minerals. Intensely flavored but youthfully clenched; more compressed and serious than the 2016 but not yet showing the personality of that wine. Aeration brought some sexy medicinal high tones and an emerging violet florality, with the firmly tannic finish displaying outstanding grip. "We call 2016 our Burgundy year for its light touch and floral character, while 2017 is more classic Argentina," noted Laura Catena, which means that this wine is likely to need more time to reveal its full aromatic potential.