Catena Alta Chard Argentina 2008
At almost 5,000 feet elevation in the Andean foothills, the Adrianna vineyard's pebble covered soils and cool climate are ideal for growing Chardonnay. The fruit from the Adrianna vineyard has a purity of flavors and a minerality that is particular to this vineyard and can not be found anywhere else in Mendoza.Catena Alta Chardonnay is made from a special lot, rows 5 through 38, of the Adrianna vineyard. This wine undergoes a demanding selection process in both the vineyard and the winery. Catena Alta Chardonnay is sourced from small, carefully selected estate-grown lots in two of the Catena family’ Andean vineyards: Adrianna vineyard (80%) and Domingo vineyard (20%). The blend of these historic lots, like the marriage of sounds that create a symphony, yields a highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations.
My Rating 90: i'm not really a white wine fan. This wine is balanced on every level smell and taste. It normally sell above 25 dollars, I got this for 4.- in a supermarket in Florida. That's what I call a Bargain. I would never buy this for $25 but for this money i would buy a case
Appearance Clear, medium minus intensity lemon-green, watery rims with legs. Nose Clean, showing developing and medium intensity aromas of lemon, pear, nut, tropical fruit, pineapple and vanilla. Palate Dry with medium acidity. Medium plus alcohol and medium plus body, showing medium intensity flavors including lemon, nut, lime, white flowers, tropical fruit and cream. Lively acidity coupled with ripe and generous fruitiness. Medium length. Conclusion Very good quality, with a complex aroma and flavors. Plenty of fruit and ripeness to indicate a Chardonnay coming from plenty of sunshine. Balance and with good intensity, as well as a reasonable length. This wine is ready to drink but can be further improve for another 1-2 years.
This wine is well balanced. Green apples, pears, and pineapple. Long finish. Buttery texture. This wine evokes the best of the old and new world styles of chardonnay. We love chardonnay. This bottle for $25.00 is a great value. It holds its own against any of the big California Chards (Nickel & Nickel, ZD, Dumol, etc;) Try it you'll love!
External Reviews for Catena Alta Chard Argentina
"The 2008 Catena Alta Chardonnay has a greenish-yellow color. The nose shows a bright mixture of citrus fruit interwoven with honeyed stone fruit notes and floral tones. The mouthfeel is rich and concentrated
This Chardonnay has a full mouthfeel and semi-viscous texture. Candied tropical fruit flavors intermingle with toasty oak and vanilla to create an astonishing attack on the taste buds.
Flashy style, with exotic aromas of pineapple and mango that give way to a layered palate of fig, toast and mineral. Long, juicy finish. Drink now through 2007.
From the Adrianna Vineyard in Mendoza, with a 5000 foot elevation, comes this unique Chard. The color is a pale yellow and it tastes like a banana cream pie. The wine has everything you could ask for in a Chardonnay: full flavor, balance and complexity. It seems to marry the California and the Burgundy styles. The finish is long and expressive, but not sweet. Pick this one up before its all gone.
Superb example of this grape's ability to develop complexity with longevity. Deep golden color with ripe bouquet of pineapple and hazelnut. Meursault in style, with rich, full body, yet balanced with a still-vibrant backbone of acidity. Long nutty finish with plenty of fat, ripe fruits that keep the wine fresh.
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The 2008 Catena Alta Chardonnay has a greenish-yellow color. The nose shows a bright mixture of citrus fruit interwoven with honeyed stone fruit notes and floral tones. The mouthfeel is rich and concentrated, showing ripe pear, apple and apricot flavors with a light note of sweet nutmeg spice. The finish shows bright, clean acidity and wonderful length.
Aged 12 months.
|Alcohol: 14%||pH: 3.28|
|Sugar: 4.5 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 6 grams per liter|
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