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Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2009

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Exotic aromas of orange, fresh apricot and spices. Fat, supple and sweet, with fairly intense flavors of melon, orange and pineapple. Has the sheer fruit to buffer its slight hard edge. Firmer and fresher that most Argentine chardonnays in this price range.

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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 manage... 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. Read less

External Reviews for Catena Chardonnay Mendoza

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Exotic aromas of orange, fresh apricot and spices. Fat, supple and sweet, with fairly intense flavors of melon, orange and pineapple. Has the sheer fruit to buffer its slight hard edge. Firmer and fresher that most Argentine chardonnays in this price range.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Very good and fresh; one of the better examples of a balanced Argentine Chard that you'll encounter. Aromas of pear, vanilla and oak are solid and well blended, while the peach and pear flavors are exact. Some citrus, mineral and baking spice on the finish create a fine ending.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Catena has been recognized, as one of Argentina's finest producers of chardonnay, and this vintage is no exception. Full-bodied, with subtle tones of rich oak, hints of apricot, and pear give this wine great balance and mouthfeel.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Peach, melon and apple carry the clean but ordinary bouquet, and behind that comes a round palate full of ripe banana, pear, caramel and vanilla. Fully oaked but not overdone, with toast on the finish. Good Argentine Chardonnay.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


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