BlanCat Estate Malbec Parcel Selection 2017
The family of Javier Catena has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza for four generations. The great grandfather of Javier Catena, President of Bodega Cuarto Dominio, was born in the little town of Tolentino in Italy at the end of the 1800’s. He was a vineyard worker there until he sailed from Italy to Argentina in 1898. When he arrived to Mendoza, he was taken aback by the splendor of the Andes, by its landscapes and by the people that received him so warmly. He was convinced he wanted to follow his dream here and planted his first Malbec vineyard in 1902. Up until that point, Malbec was a blending grape in Bordeaux, but Nicola supposed it would find its perfect place in Mendoza.
Domingo, Javier’s grandfather, decided to continue fulfilling his father’s dream and took the family winery to the next level, becoming one of the largest vineyard owners and building one of the biggest wineries in Argentina. During this time, Javier’s father, Jorge Catena, studied enology in Mendoza and started working in the family winery in the mid 1960’s. Jorge specialized in winemaking and oenology.
At the end of the 1970’s, Jorge believed that in order to produce the best wines of Argentina and to be able to compete against the greatest wines in the world, he must learn the latest technologies and winemaking techniques, so he decided to travel to California to study at the University of California at Davis. He also traveled several times to Europe and to Australia, and focused the majority of his studies on the French winemaking techniques. When he returned, Jorge continued working in the family winery, following his father’s dream. In 2006, Jorge decided to pursue a different path and started a new project with his sons. In 2008, Bodega Cuarto Dominio was born, to which Javier Catena was named President.
For this wine, fruit is sourced from both the family's estate vineyards and trusted vineyard partners in the Uco Valley. Within these selected vineyards, the top parcel is selected to create BlanCat Parcel Selection Malbec. All fruit is hand harvested. The wines spend 10-12 months in 100% French Oak; 2nd and 3rd use barrels for subtle, integrated oak influence. Wines are filtered and cold stabilized prior to bottling and release.
|Region||Argentina, Uco Valley|
James SucklingReal concentration and elegance on the nose with pure notes of bramble- berries, dark-jet licorice, earth, dark chocolate and vanilla. The palate shows exuberant fruit, but it's held together nicely by a tight wall of tannins and driven acidity. A bold style, but this pulls it off with real personality. Drink in 2020.