catena zapata terrae fortuna malbec 2018 750ml
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Fortuna Terrae means luck of the land in Latin, and indeed, our vines from this parcel of the Adrianna Vineyard are lucky. The deep loamy soils are home to many varieties of native grasses which prevent erosion and attract benefic insects, singing birds and mountain foxes. Because of the freshness imparted by the deep soils and high altitude, the wines of Fortuna Terrae have optimal acidity and delicate flower aromas. It is best to enjoy this wine a few years or decades after harvest.
98 points - James Suckling
"The aromatics here really seduce you with their blackberry and dried-strawberry notes and undertones of wet earth, green tea, dried flowers, stones and dust. Full bodied, tight and very focused with similarly complex character on the palate. More muscle than many previous vintages of this. Extremely long and juicy. Needs at least four or five years to come together."
97 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"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. 5,040 bottles were filled in October 2019."
96 points - Wine Spectator
"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."
91 points - Wine & Spirits
"Nicolas Catena planted the Adrianna vineyard in 1992, where this wine grows in a 12-acre plot of deep loamy soils at 4,482 feet above sea level. The wine's alcohol hasn't quite integrated with the pale violet florals, blueberry-skin tannins and toasted-oak flavors. It's silky, but not heavy, and some air reveals fresher facets, like crunchy raspberry, suggesting that the wine would improve with a few more years in the cellar."