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Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay 2007

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Mittleres Gelb, grünliche Akzente. Enorm verführerisches Bouquet von Litschi, kleinen Mangos, gepaart mit Zitrone und verschwenderischen Toastingnoten, an frisch gebackenes Ruchbrot und Bourbon-Vanille erinnernd. Eleganter Auftakt, viel gelbe Frucht im komplexen Gaumen, Bananen und getrocknete Birnen, auch Quittengelee, ergänzt von gerösteten Haselnüssen, unheimlich langes, von einer guten Frische und Mineralität getragenes Finale.

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Varietal: Chardonnay
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Bodega Catena Zapata:
Blending different varietals, different lots and even different vintages is an art as old as winemaking itself. In Bordeaux, the blending of the famous five - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec - is a centuries old art. Each component is thought to add a level of complexity to the wine. Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyar... Read more
Blending different varietals, different lots and even different vintages is an art as old as winemaking itself. In Bordeaux, the blending of the famous five - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec - is a centuries old art. Each component is thought to add a level of complexity to the wine. Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyard management team have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza, Argentina. Nicolás Catena has planted an almost countless number of varietals and clones throughout his mountain vineyard sites. This quest for quality lead Nicolás and Laura Catena to a crucial discovery regarding the influence of altitude on grape cultivation in Mendoza. Observing the important differences in soil types, average temperatures and thermal amplitudes that exist at varying altitudes, he found that vineyard sites which are just a few kilometers apart can have vast differences in altitude and possess remarkably different microclimates. Over the years, the in depth study of these different microclimates led Nicolás to determine that the same varietal, and even the same clone, presented distinct aromatic and flavor profiles when cultivated in each of these unique microclimates. Implementing the age old art of assemblage, he found that by blending these different lots of the same varietal, he could achieve a more complex wine. As great artists tap their creative spirit to mix and match colors in the production of magnificent works of art, this wide array of distinct lot selections allows the winemaking team at Bodega Catena Zapata to engage in a creative, intricate process of blending in order to craft the final wine. Starting with the 2001 vintage, our Catena and Catena Alta wines will reflect this new winemaking philosophy. They will be a blend of different microclimates and will carry the Mendoza appellation instead of a specific vineyard designation. The only exception will be the Catena Alta Chardonnay. We believe that at 4,830 feet, the Adrianna Vineyard is today the best site for growing Chardonnay in Mendoza. To some, this change may sound counter-intuitive. Vineyard designated wines are often thought of as being of a higher rank. But in Mendoza, as in Bordeaux, we are convinced that this art of assemblage will bring you a much more delicious wine. In order to further highlight this revolutionary concept of single varietal, microclimate blending, beginning with the 2002 vintage we will bottle 5 different single vineyard Malbecs. These bottlings will highlight the differences between the various microclimates and terroirs of Mendoza's high altitude wine country. Read less

Member Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay

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3.00 5
11/16/2008

Pale lemon-gold. Medium intense nose, vegetal and stone fruit. Nettle, asparagus, ripe peach. Dry, low-medium acid, medium body. Palate of sour dandelion, lemon, salt, vanilla oakiness.


Snooth User: shibal
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4.00 5
01/21/2011

For the price, one of the better Chardonnay's I've tasted... and I'm not a big white wine fan.


Snooth User: jforsythe62
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4.00 5
07/23/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The 2007 Chardonnay received some barrel fermentation but was aged in stainless steel. It offers a sophisticated bouquet with a touch of toasty oak, mineral, poached pear, and tropical notes. This is followed by a smooth-textured wine with spicy, sav... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2007 Bodegas Catena Zapata Catena Chardonnay 750ml


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Source: Salute! Wine Market
02/28/2009

The 2007 Alamos Chardonnay shows a medium yellow-greenish color. The wine presents a fresh aromatic profile with ripe citrus fruits layered with floral notes and a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is full yet clean and crisp, with pear and apple fruits, a touch of grapefruit and sweet allspice. The finish is bright and crisp with refreshing acidity and balance.Wine Advocate The medium straw-colored 2007 Chardonnay was aged for 9 months in French oak, 10% new. It exhibits a bouquet of spiced apple, pear, and tropical aromas leading to a smooth-textured, tasty wine meant for near-term drinking. These are both excellent values. Score: 87. "- Jay Miller, December 2008.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
10/15/2009

Light gold-colored with a slight green tint, it exhibits a nose of slate, toast, butterscotch, pear, and apple. Medium-bodied, the wine is nicely balanced by crisp acidity, and the flavors are intense and persistent. Drink this outstanding value over the next 1-2 years.


External Review
02/26/2010

Both vineyards enjoy warm, sunny days and cold nights, allowing for perfect ripeness and balance.Of an intense golden yellow colour with light greenish hues, the nose is complex and elegant, displaying ripe tropical fruit aromas from La Piramide, such as pineapple and peach, laced with fresh citrus and minerality from Domingo Vineyard. The mouthfeel is sweet and unctuous, packed with ripe fruit. Finishes long and lingering with fresh, crisp acidity.


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04/21/2010

Mittleres Gelb, grünliche Akzente. Enorm verführerisches Bouquet von Litschi, kleinen Mangos, gepaart mit Zitrone und verschwenderischen Toastingnoten, an frisch gebackenes Ruchbrot und Bourbon-Vanille erinnernd. Eleganter Auftakt, viel gelbe Frucht im komplexen Gaumen, Bananen und getrocknete Birnen, auch Quittengelee, ergänzt von gerösteten Haselnüssen, unheimlich langes, von einer guten Frische und Mineralität getragenes Finale.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/06/2010

A Chardonnay wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2007 Catena Zapata, Bodegas Catena Alta Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The 2007 Catena Alta Chardonnay was sourced from one lot in the Adrianna Vineyard. It was barrel-fermented in 50% new French oak with native yeasts followed by 12-18 months in barrel with frequent batonnage. Light gold-colored, it has a superb nose o... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2007 Catena Zapata, Bodegas Catena Alta Chardonnay 750ml



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Mittleres Gelb, grünliche Akzente. Enorm verführerisches Bouquet von Litschi, kleinen Mangos, gepaart mit Zitrone und verschwenderischen Toastingnoten, an frisch gebackenes Ruchbrot und Bourbon-Vanille erinnernd. Eleganter Auftakt, viel gelbe Frucht im komplexen Gaumen, Bananen und getrocknete Birnen, auch Quittengelee, ergänzt von gerösteten Haselnüssen, unheimlich langes, von einer guten Frische und Mineralität getragenes Finale.

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