For over four generations, the Catena family has grown vines in
the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina. In
his pursuit to make wines that stand with the best in the world,
Nicolás Catena identified the best lots and rows, in the Catena
family’s estate vineyards.
The Adrianna vineyard is located at almost 5,000’ elevation in
the Gualtallary sub-district of the Tupungato region. White Bones
Chardonnay comes from select rows within Block 1 of the
Adrianna Vineyard. The name refers to the soil underneath these
rows, which is layered with calcareous deposits and limestone as
well as fossilized animal bones - remnants of a river that used to
pass through the region.
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.
- Adrianna Vineyard: Gualtallary District, Tupungato Alto Region, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
- Parcel Name: White Bones
- Parcel Surface: 2.5 Hectares
- Soil composition: Alluvial origin. Calcareous soil
- Altitude: 4.593 ft (1.400 m) elevation