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Catena Alta Chard Argentina 2008

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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.

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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
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Member Reviews for Catena Alta Chard Argentina

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Snooth User: Wolle
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3.50 5
12/31/2010

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


Snooth User: MrRiesling
2015421,341
4.00 5
05/20/2012

Excellent Chard!


Snooth User: Peter Choy
615604214
4.00 5
03/26/2011

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.


Snooth User: CuzIm17
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4.00 5
09/26/2012

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

External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

"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


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.



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Tasting Notes:

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.

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.

Aged 12 months.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.28
Sugar: 4.5 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6 grams per liter

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