Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2011

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Over the years, Argentine producers have added chardonnay to their fine portfolios of malbec. They are more in the New World style as opposed to Burgundian.A superb blend of Chardonnay from 3 separate high altitude vineyards. The wine shows a light golden color with greenish hues. The nose offers white stone and citrus fruit aromas interwoven with hints of vanilla and slate. The mouthfeel is full and clean with pear flavors and a touch of sweet spice. The finish is fresh yet persistent.

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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
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Snooth User: Argovino
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04/29/2013

This chardonnay not as creamy and rich as prior editions from Catena, but it offers a pleasant pear bouquet and a straightforward, lively flavor that gets sweeter and juicier with a little time. It may disappoint a little right out of the bottle, but it’s worth hanging in there. (AV 87, http://argovino.com/?p=884)


External Reviews for Catena Chardonnay Mendoza

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Pale bright yellow. Sexy aromas and flavors of peach, apricot, brown spices and orange blossom, with complementary oak. Juicy and fresh, offering a captivating combination of ripe fruit and fresh acidity. Finishes nuanced, lively and persistent.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

A fresh white, displaying crunchy apple, melon and Bosc pear notes backed by light spice, juicy acidity and a solid, flinty finish. Drink now.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/29/2014

The 2011 Catena Malbec is produced with fruit grown in Lunlunta, Agrelo and Gualtallary fermented together with a little bit of Viognier from high altitude, which according to winemaker Alejandro Vigil had an amazing eight grams of acidity which contributed a lot of freshness to the blend. 30% of bunches fermented without destemming and as is common in the top Catena wines, these grapes from four different regions were harvested at three different points in time in search of diversity. This is very dark cherry-colored and has strong aromas of ripe plums, peach and apricot with some notes of orange rind. Medium-bodied with velvety, silky tannins, it is a good representation of Malbec in Mendoza. It is approachable now, but it should be even better in one year. Drink 2015–2018.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/29/2014

A dark and jammy red, with enough acidity to propel the roasted plum and wild berry compote notes. Layers of smoke, toasted spice and espresso emerge on the rich finish. Drink now through 2016.



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Over the years, Argentine producers have added chardonnay to their fine portfolios of malbec. They are more in the New World style as opposed to Burgundian.A superb blend of Chardonnay from 3 separate high altitude vineyards. The wine shows a light golden color with greenish hues. The nose offers white stone and citrus fruit aromas interwoven with hints of vanilla and slate. The mouthfeel is full and clean with pear flavors and a touch of sweet spice. The finish is fresh yet persistent.

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