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Catena Alta Chardonnay 6/Cs Argentina 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Mittleres Gelb, funkelnd goldene Reflexe. Brioche und reiffruchtige Williamsbirnen in der betörenden Nase, ergänzt durch etwas Zitronenminze und Ingwer. Eleganz und viel reife, gelbe Frucht im Gaumen, an Ananas und Passionsfrucht erinnernd; von fester Struktur, dicht; die milde Säure ergänzt sich perfekt; im Abgang köstliche Röstaromen nach Vanille und gerösteten Haselnüssen, elegantes Finale.

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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 Catena Alta Chardonnay 6/Cs Argentina

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Snooth User: Argovino
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3.00 5
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)


External Reviews for Catena Alta Chardonnay 6/Cs Argentina

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Despite spending just five months on oak staves, the nose is toasty. There's also good pear and banana notes as well as some vanilla. Tasted shortly after bottling; it should round out by the time you're reading this review. The balance seems to be right on the spot.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Yellow colored in the glass, with green highlights and the aromas of fresh damson and mandarin fruit in combination with light vanilla notes. The wine has a soft mouthfeel with a delicate creamy, buttery finish. The cool evening temperatures in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow for prolonged hang-time, preserving the fruits full spectrum of aromas and flavors.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Like virtually every wine from the Catena family, oak is at the lead. You can smell clear notes of butterscotch and wood. In the mouth, a creamy sensation takes over, while flavors of vanilla and lemon carry the show. The finish is long and oaky, with plenty of vanillin. What some might see as overoaked will be a pleasure to others.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Pretty pear and pie crust flavors, with hints of lime and flowers. Nice round texture and good length on the finish. Juicy and very tasty. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A consistent winner from year to year, this approachable Chardonnay is ripe with tropical fruits, round and creamy on the palate, with a crisp finish. A rich and attractive package that's hard to beat at this price.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Good pear and fig notes here, with moderate toast. Juicy finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Straightforward flavors of apple, pear and butter linger through the finish. Drink now.


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Tasting Notes:

The 2009 Catena Alta Chardonnay presents an intense greenish-yellow color. The nose offers peaches, vanilla and citric aromas with light floral notes and hints of spice and toasted bread. The palate shows rich and concentrated ripe pear, apricot flavors and a light note of sweet nutmeg spice. Finishes long and complex with crisp, mineral acidity.

Mittleres Gelb, funkelnd goldene Reflexe. Brioche und reiffruchtige Williamsbirnen in der betörenden Nase, ergänzt durch etwas Zitronenminze und Ingwer. Eleganz und viel reife, gelbe Frucht im Gaumen, an Ananas und Passionsfrucht erinnernd; von fester Struktur, dicht; die milde Säure ergänzt sich perfekt; im Abgang köstliche Röstaromen nach Vanille und gerösteten Haselnüssen, elegantes Finale.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 4 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.25 grams per liter

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