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Catena Alta Chardonnay 2001

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Chardonnay sourced from the sandy soil of Lot 1 in the Adrianna vineyard. The 2001 growing season was considerably warmer than previous years, with the average ripening temperature reaching 22.6° C. Nighttime temperatures, however, remained fairly cold, with an average low of 13.7° C and an average thermal amplitude of 17.8° C, some 5° C greater than normal. The warmer day temperatures allowed for ripe fruit flavors and concentration, while the very cold nights helped increase complexity and acidity by slowing the ripening process. This vintage can be enjoyed now and will continue to improve over the next 7 years.

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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

Tasting Notes:

The 2001 Catena Alta Chardonnay offers a golden yellow color with light shades of green. The nose is rich and refined, with ripe white stone fruit aromas with notes of vanilla, citrus and flowers. The mouthfeel offers concentrated pear and fig flavors, with elements of slate and clove. The finish is long and lingering with bright, crisp acidity. José Galante, Winemaker

100% Chardonnay sourced from the sandy soil of Lot 1 in the Adrianna vineyard. The 2001 growing season was considerably warmer than previous years, with the average ripening temperature reaching 22.6° C. Nighttime temperatures, however, remained fairly cold, with an average low of 13.7° C and an average thermal amplitude of 17.8° C, some 5° C greater than normal. The warmer day temperatures allowed for ripe fruit flavors and concentration, while the very cold nights helped increase complexity and acidity by slowing the ripening process. This vintage can be enjoyed now and will continue to improve over the next 7 years.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.92 grams per liter

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