Catena Alta Chardonnay 2011

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Pretty oaky and creamy on the nose with hints of heather and almonds supporting ripe green apple and almost melonny/pumpkin like fruit. Big, rich a... Read more

A finely structured wine, if not generous. The dark honey color is certainly appealing, as is the mix of floral and toasted flavors conveyed to bot... Read more

Offers a distinctive note of orange blossom honey and a reasonably long finish, but without the mouth-filling quality one would expect from Catena’... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Catena Alta Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065185,647
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/15/2013

Pretty oaky and creamy on the nose with hints of heather and almonds supporting ripe green apple and almost melonny/pumpkin like fruit. Big, rich and a bit buttery though with plenty of supporting acid. This is a rather flamboyant wine, full of toasty oak spice and vanilla flavors that work well with the honeydew melon and green apple fruit on the palate. The wood takes over on the finish which is a bit short if refreshing. A big, rich Chardonnay with fine underlying tension. 91pts


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Snooth User: Argovino
1278402711
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/29/2013

A finely structured wine, if not generous. The dark honey color is certainly appealing, as is the mix of floral and toasted flavors conveyed to both nose and mouth (where they are joined by touches of anise), but the overall character is still rather austere. (AV 88, http://argovino.com/?p=893)


Snooth User: Argovino
1278402711
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/04/2013

Offers a distinctive note of orange blossom honey and a reasonably long finish, but without the mouth-filling quality one would expect from Catena’s higher line of wines. (AV 85, http://argovino.com/?p=328)


Snooth User: Wolle
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 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
2015421,228
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/20/2012

Excellent Chard!


Snooth User: Peter Choy
615604214
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 03/27/2011

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
114229368
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 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!


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 05/15/2009

Oak nose, with pear. Oaky, but very fruity. Big body. Red apple. Quaffer.


External Reviews for Catena Alta Chardonnay

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
12/02/2013

The nose offers ripe white fruit aromas such as pears and peaches that are interwoven with delicate citrus and floral notes, such as jasmine. The palate shows rich and concentrated ripe pear, apple and apricot flavors with a light note of minerality. The wine finishes long and complex with crisp, mineral acidity.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

There s good cut to this medium-bodied white which displays crunchy Honeycrisp apple pear pastry and melon flavors leading to a mineral note in the finish. Drink now. NW Wine Spectator.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 08/22/2013

There s good cut to this medium-bodied white which displays crunchy Honeycrisp apple pear pastry and melon flavors leading to a mineral note in the finish. Drink now. - NW Wine Spectator. Pale golden in color with a nose that is fairly rich and c... Wine Spectator A Chardonnay wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2010 2010 Catena Zapata Bodegas Catena Alta Chardonnay Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2010 10/20/2012

The nose offers ripe white fruit aromas such as pears and peaches that are interwoven with delicate citrus and floral notes, such as jasmine. The palate shows rich and concentrated ripe pear, apple and apricot flavors with a light note of minerality. The wine finishes long and complex with crisp, mineral acidity.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/18/2011

Focused, with ripe pear and fig fruit, and well-rounded toast notes. Fresh finish and good mouthfeel too. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/18/2011

The best Argentinean Chardonnay in out current report, and quite affordable as well. It's broad-shouldered in frame, with waxy, toasty aromas and a soft, plush texture carrying the ripe apple and hazelnut flavors through the lengthy, stylish finish. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/18/2011

Alamos Chardonnay is produced from grapes grown on the eastern (remember east is west in the southern hemisphere!) slopes of the Andes mountains. For more that 40 years, the parent winery, Bodegas Esmeralda, has been making wines from these prime vineyards. This is the best affordable Chardonnay we've tasted from Argentina. Not just a buttery oak bomb like so many of its Chilean counterparts, this one has elegance, balance and finesse.


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Ratings & Tags for Catena Alta Chardonnay

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4.60 5
2010 11/15/2013

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4.00 5
2006 06/05/2009

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4.00 5
2005 06/05/2009

Winemaker's Notes:

"The Catena Chardonnay combines expressions of the High altitude vineyards. Adrianna vineyard, the highest one, gives flowers notes and a strong minerality. The Domingo vineyard provides dry fruits and a crisp finish. Finally, La Piramide Vineyard contributes honeyed tropical fruit flavors with an oily mouthfeel. This chardonnay presents a yellow greenish color with aromas of ripe pears, citrus, vanilla and mineral notes. On the palate, it is a clean fresh wine with crisp acidity." -Winery

"The Catena Chardonnay combines expressions of the High altitude vineyards. Adrianna vineyard, the highest one, gives flowers notes and a strong minerality. The Domingo vineyard provides dry fruits and a crisp finish. Finally, La Piramide Vineyard contributes honeyed tropical fruit flavors with an oily mouthfeel. This chardonnay presents a yellow greenish color with aromas of ripe pears, citrus, vanilla and mineral notes. On the palate, it is a clean fresh wine with crisp acidity." -Winery

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