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The Catena High Mountain Estate Vineyards made by 4th generation vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil. Through decades of study and exploration within Mendozas high altitude mountain terroirs, the Catena have identified special locations for its Estate Vineyards. Four different vineyards are resourced in order to produce this wine, the average altitude is a breathtaking 3500Ft above sea-level. This brings a consequent freshness & balance to the wines concentration & unique fruit character.
10 Months French Oak
"White Bones" makes reference to a spot of vines planted over a patch of gravel on the topsoil, and thick layers of calcareous deposits and limestone in the subsoil. Fossilized animal bones can be found among this layers. These are remains of animals and fish that lived in stream bed area. There are many theories about why the grapes coming from these rows have such distinctive floral aromatics with an earthy minerality in the nose and palate. It may be related to the minerals in the soil or to the effects that the calcareous deposits have on root penetration. At this extreme high altitude, the nights are cool, only a few degrees above freezing even in the summer. The night-day temperature difference is between 15 and 20 degrees and the sunlight is more intense because of the altitude.
The nose lively citrus notes and white stone fruit . The palate is a voluptuous wine with intense flavours of pear, apple and subtle floral and mineral hints . The finish is long and clean with a strong mineral side.
95/100 Tim Atkin