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    Bodega Cuarto Dominio

    Cuarto Dominio

    Argentina, Mendoza, Uco Valley


    Winery Overview

    The family of Javier Catena has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza for over four generations. The great grandfather of Javier Catena, President of Bodega Cuarto Dominio, was born in the little town of Tolentino in Italy at the end of the 1800’s. He was a vineyard worker there until he sailed from Italy to Argentina in 1898. When he arrived to Mendoza, he was taken aback by the splendor of the Andes, by its landscapes and by the people that received him so warmly. He was convinced he wanted to follow his dream here and planted his first Malbec vineyard in 1902. Up until that point, Malbec was a blending grape in Bordeaux, but Nicola supposed it would find its perfect place in Mendoza. Domingo, Javier’s grandfather, decided to continue fulfilling his father’s dream and took the family winery to the next level, becoming one of the largest vineyard owners and building one of the biggest wineries in Argentina. During this time, Javier’s father, Jorge Catena, studied enology in Mendoza and started working in the family winery in the mid 1960’s. Jorge specialized in winemaking and oenology. At the end of the 1970’s, Jorge believed that in order to produce the best wines of Argentina and to be able to compete against the greatest wines in the world, he must learn the latest technologies and winemaking techniques, so he decided to travel to California to study at the University of California at Davis. He also travelled several times to Europe and to Australia, and focused the majority of his studies on the French winemaking techniques. When he returned, Jorge continued working in the family winery, following his father’s dream. In 2006, Jorge decided to pursue a different path and started a new project with his sons. In 2008, Bodega Cuarto Dominio was born, to which Javier Catena was named President.


    La Consulta Vineyard, Chento Vineyard


    Sand, limeston, and clay


    Cuarto Dominio is the expression of two very small, and different, lots in the San Carlos vineyard at 900 meters over sea level. The difference beteween the two parcels is in the soil composition. Lot A (2 hectares) contains 70% sand, 15% limestone, and 15% clay while Lot B (1.4 hectares) contains 90% sand, 10% limestone, and many surface stones. The average age of vines here is 45 years old, with a planting density of 6000 plants per hectare.


    The grapes are hand-harvested when they reach the proper ripeness level. Then, the wine goes through a pre-fermentation maceration to preserve primary aromas. A series of delestages and pumpovers take place during fermentation for a more balanced extraction. The juice is fermented for about 15 days at low temperatures and it is followed by a post fermentation maceration.


    The wine is aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels of 225 liters.

    Tasting Notes

    Lot A lends ripe plum and choclate flavors, a very soft and supple mouthfeel with excellent structure and length. Lot B offers more blackberry fruit with a slight earthy mineral tone and notes of spicy black pepper, exceptional concentration and explosive floral aromatics.

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