Andres Blanchard & Javier Catena
Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot
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.
Sand, limeston, and clay
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.
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.