Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2008
The 2008 vintage of the Catena Chardonnay combines the unique expressions of three high altitude vineyard sites. The La Piramide vineyard offers rich pineapple, passion fruit flavors and aromas with a touch of sweet honey with a rich mouthfeel. The Domingo vineyard lends notes of citrus fruit with floral notes and excellent acidity. The Adrianna vineyard contributes green apple, pear and fig flavors with a strong mineral component and vibrant acidity. The wine shows a light yellow color with marked greenish tones. The aromas show tropical fruit flavors with touches of apple and pear as well as hints of cinnamon and minerals. The mouthfeel is full yet clean, with fresh, crisp acidity.
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Catena Zapata's 2006 Chardonnay was sourced from three estate vineyards and fermented with natural yeasts. It then spent 10 months sur-lie in French oak, 40% new. Light gold-colored with a slight green tint, it exhibits a nose of slate, toast, butterscotch, pear, and apple. Medium-bodied, the wine is nicely balanced by crisp acidity, and the flavors are intense and persistent. Drink this outstanding value over the next 1-2 years.
Yellow with a gold tinge. Deeply pitched aromas of stone fruits, spices, honey, flowers, dusty stone and toasty oak; showed a note of apricot candy with aeration. Rich, ripe flavors of peach, apricot and sexy oak spices show a lovely sweetness. More viscous than the Alamos chardonnay but kept fresh by strong acidity. This silky, very concentrated wine finishes with an impressively persistent flavor of ripe apricot. Catena continues to be in a class of its own for chardonnay in Argentina.
Bright, with tasty fig, pear and hazelnut notes. There's ample toast, but also fresh acidity, keeping the finish elegant and lively. Drink now.
Full yellow-gold. Rather exotic aromas of apricot, orange, honey and smoky oak. Then sweet but firm, with very intense flavors of apricot, peach, kiwi and minerals (Catena described these flavors as "acidic tropical fruits"). Catena's chardonnays are consistently among the elite of Argentina, as few other producers manage to capture this much freshness of fruit. This is carrying between three and four grams per liter of residual sugar.
The 2008 Chardonnay was fermented with native yeasts and aged for 9 months sur lies in 35% new French oak. It is light gold-colored with an alluring nose of mineral, baking spices, apple, pear, and tropical scents. This leads to a creamy textured, vibrant, complex, medium-bodied Chardonnay with outstanding balance and length. It will drink well for another 4 years.
Light gold-colored with a slight green tint, it exhibits a nose of slate, toast, butterscotch, pear, and apple. Medium-bodied, the wine is nicely balanced by crisp acidity, and the flavors are intense and persistent. Drink this outstanding value over the next 1-2 years.
Bright, pale yellow. Very fresh aromas of stone and citrus fruits, with hints of lees and brown spices. Pure, juicy and clean, with lovely subtle sweetness of fruit and a rather suave texture. Finishes with noteworthy length and grip. As usual, this is a stunning value in chardonnay.