Vineyard: Organically and Biodynamically grown Malbec and Syrah from estate owned vineyards in Vista Flores which is one of the prime zones of the Uco Valley. The vines are all ungrafted with an average age of 15 years.
Orientation: The vines are at an average altitude of 3,215 feet.
Viticulture: 100% organic. All the vines are ungrafted and harvest takes place by hand. Demeter certified biodynamic.
Vinification: Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. They use no press wine nor is the wine fined or filtered.
Aging: Aged for 12 in French oak. 25% is new and 75% is 1 year used.
Publication: Wine advocate
The 2014 Natural is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Syrah sourced from 12-year-old organically- and biodynamically-farmed vineyards in Vista Flores, in the Valle de Uco. The wine matured in a mixture of new and old French and American oak barrels for some eight months. There is less ripeness and extraction than in previous vintages, and even if 2014 was riper and warmer than 2015, it's still nicely balanced and keeps a core of acidity and fruit-driven flavors. Easy to drink and pleasant. 47,000 bottles produced.
(this project of Ernesto Catena specializes in Malbec blends; from a biodynamically farmed vineyard): Full medium ruby. Cassis, violet and espresso on the nose, with a touch of reduction. Concentrated, distinctly saline wine with a layered texture and lovely concentration to its black raspberry and spice flavors. Serious wine with ripe, chewy tannins and noteworthy length.