2017 Ernesto Catena Vineyards 'Siesta en el Tahuantinsuyu' Single Vineyard Malbec Mendoza
Winemaker Notes: Step into a universe of gourmet pleasure. A wine with the best of the soil and the skies. Everything about it is wonder. Its color shows its soul. Notes of jam and raisins, faithful wood, and harmoniously comprehensive. It’s heart is rounded, as everything in this wine.
Founded by Ernesto Catena, a fourth-generation winemaker of Italian descent, Siesta was inspired by ancient Incan traditions. The Inca would often bury offerings to the land so that it would remain healthy and fertile. Following this ancient tradition, every year Ernesto Catena’s team buries a few bottles of their best wines in the Vistaflores vineyard, hoping that while sleeping their endless “Siesta”, these bottles will protect the vines, people, and harvest. Only biodynamically-certified grapes from the best lots of the Vistaflores vineyard that have been fermented in small tanks are used. The wine is later aged in French and American oak barrels for 14 months and then ages in bottle for another year. Intense, complex, and elegant, Siesta wines aim to express the varietal personality, which is enhanced by the unique characteristics of the Vistaflores terroir.
James Suckling - "So much licorice, blackberry and sandalwood character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body. Medium, round and creamy tannins. From biodynamically grown grapes. Demeter certified. Drink or hold."
Tim Atkin - "Ernesto Catena is the most vocal of Argentina’s natural wine producers, who is also a long-term champion of biodynamics. Made with no added sulphur dioxide, this is a pure Vista Flores Malbec that’s fresh, spicy and floral, with nuanced oak and a fresh, balanced, harmonious finish. 2021-24."