Catena Chardonnay Alta 2003

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The 2003 Catena Alta Chardonnay presents a light greenish-yellow color. The nose offers ripe apple and pear fruit fla...

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Wine Spectator ReviewFlashy style, with exotic aromas of pineapple and mango that give way to a layered palate of fig, toast and mineral. Long, jui... Read more

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/18/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewFlashy 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.Wine Tasting NotesThe Catena Alta Chardonnay presents a clear light yellow color with greenish hues. The nose is lively and fresh, with ripe pear aromas along with light notes of vanilla intermingled with touches of citrus and flowers. The mouthfeel offers concentrated apple and fig flavors, with a steely minerality and element of sweet spice. The finish is long and lingering with bright, crisp acidity.


Winemaker's Notes:

100% Chardonnay sourced from the sandy soil of Lot 1 in the Adrianna vineyard. The 2002 growing season saw slightly cooler conditions than 2002, with average temperatures of 18.5° C and night time lows averaging 10.1° C. These cooler conditions meant a slow, gradual close to the ripening process resulting in heightened complexity in the Chardonnay grapes. In addition to ripe pear and apple fruit flavors, notes of honey, fig, citrus and mineral can be found in the aromas and flavors. The excellent natural acidity lends a crisp edge to the finish. This vintage should be enjoyed in 4 to 5 years and will continue to improve over the following 10 years.

Tasting Notes:

The 2003 Catena Alta Chardonnay presents a light greenish-yellow color. The nose offers ripe apple and pear fruit flavors with light floral notes and hints of spice and toasted bread. The palate shows ripe white stone fruit flavors with citrus tones and a stony, mineral character. The finish in long and complex with refreshing bright, crisp acidity The 2003 Catena Alta Cabernet shows a deep reddish – violet color with purple tones. The wine offers intense aromas of cassis and currant fruit together with hints of eucalyptus, graphite and cigar box. The mouthfeel is full yet with a soft, supple texture, presenting rich concentrated flavors of ripe black fruits, sweet spice and traces of mint and roasted espresso. The finish is long and lingering with well structured tannins and wonderful acidity.

100% Chardonnay sourced from the sandy soil of Lot 1 in the Adrianna vineyard. The 2002 growing season saw slightly cooler conditions than 2002, with average temperatures of 18.5° C and night time lows averaging 10.1° C. These cooler conditions meant a slow, gradual close to the ripening process resulting in heightened complexity in the Chardonnay grapes. In addition to ripe pear and apple fruit flavors, notes of honey, fig, citrus and mineral can be found in the aromas and flavors. The excellent natural acidity lends a crisp edge to the finish. This vintage should be enjoyed in 4 to 5 years and will continue to improve over the following 10 years.

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Total Acidity: 5.95 grams per liter

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