Alma Negra is made by fourth generation winemaker Ernesto Catena, eldest son of Nicholas Catena Zapata and brother of Laura Catena.
Ernesto is a world traveler and polymath, with degrees in Computer Science/Economics, Design, and History from Buenos Aires, Milan and London. He is a legendary Bohemian, renowned for his insatiable curiosity and passionate devotion to the arts of writing, painting, photography, horsemanship, polo and archery. It is not surprising that his wines are profoundly expressive, or that he would choose to name a winery 'Alma Negra' (Dark Soul).
The Alma Negra 'M' Blend is made from Bonarda and Malbec from Ernesto's Vistaflores vineyard, with 116 acres of Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah planted at an altitude of 3576 feet in the Uco Valley. The vineyard was certified organic in 2011 and will qualify for biodynamic certification in 2012.
The wine is dense, dark, and rich with an intriguing untamed wildness that is an expression of Ernesto's character as much as it is the result of organic viticulture and a pristine natural environment. Full of flavour and perfectly ready to drink now (especially the Argentine way with smokey grilled beef or lamb) it will also repay cellaring for 8-10 years.