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This chardonnay not as creamy and rich as prior editions from Catena, but it offers a pleasant pear bouquet and a straightforward, lively flavor th... Read more
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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 Frenc... Read more
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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)
Delicious and well-balanced.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A touch creamy and showing fresh corn and haystack on the nose, but in the mouth it’s plump, good and mild, with fleshy white fruit flavors sitting in front of a smooth, lightly pithy finish. Yes, it’s another warm-climate tropical Chardonnay. But it’s a good one that’s easy to drink.
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.
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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