Misterio 2009

Alma Negra

Wine Description

Like in the other red blends from Alma Negra, Bonarda plays a dominant role in Misterio. Components for the final blend of this wine are selected by Ernesto Catena. He then exits the process and leaves the blending up to the winemaker. The final wine is always a statement to quality, and because Ernesto does not have knowledge of the final blend, it is truly a mystery of sorts. The blend is unique in each vintage.

Tasting Notes

A dense wine with aromas of spicebox, dark berry and bright cherry on the nose which lead to an elegant wine in the mouth full of chocolate, mineral, spice, blueberry and blackberry fruit. The finish lingers with an elegant nature and smooth mouth-coating conentration.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs well with grilled steak and prime rib.

Production Information
Vineyard name:
Vistaflores, Ernesto Catena Vineyard, Adrianna Vineyard
Soil composition:
Clay-Loam
Training method:
Guyot VSP
Elevation:
3,600 feet
Vines/acre:
2,222
Yield/acre:
2.5 tons
Exposure:
Eastern / Western
Harvest time:
April
First vintage of this wine:
2003
Bottles produced of this wine:
24,000
Production & Aging Practices
Varietal composition:
Bonarda, Malbec, Petit Verdot
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
13 days
Fermentation temperature:
82.4-86 °F
Maceration technique:
Cold maceration
Length of maceration:
5 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
New-Two years
Type of oak:
French and American
Length of aging before bottling:
12 months
Length of bottle aging:
6 months

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