Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family Estate vineyards. The blend of these historic rows, like the marriage of sounds that create a symphony, yields a highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations. The Catena Alta wines can usually be drunk starting at three years after harvest and into the following one to two decades.
At almost 5,000 feet elevation in the Andean foothills, the Adrianna vineyard's calcareous soils and cool climate are the promised land of Chardonnay. The fruit from the Adrianna vineyard has a purity of flavors and a minerality that is particular to this vineyard and can not be found anywhere else in Mendoza. The nearby, gravel-covered Domingo Vineyard makes up 20% of the blend. Elevage: 14 months in French oak barrels.
Whole clusters are pressed, and then 100% fermented in 225-500 L French oak barrels with natural yeasts at low temperatures. Wild yeasts. Aged for 12-16 months in French oak. 30% does not undergo malolactic fermentation. First, second and third use barrels used.
Harvest time varies depending on each lot's soil composition. Harvest time can vary by several weeks between one lot and another within the same vineyard.
- Adrianna Vineyard, Block 1: 4,757 ft (1,450 m) elevation. Alluvial, gravelly with limestone deposits in the topsoil.
- Domingo Vineyard, Block 7: 3,675 ft (1,120 m) elevation. Surface is completely covered with gravel. Alluvial topsoil is loamy with limestone deposits at 11,8 inches (30cm).
Plant selection: Dijon Clones and Selección Mendoza.
Winemaker: Alejandro Vigil
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.0 %
Total Acidity: 7.30 grams / liter in tartaric
Unfined and unfiltered.