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Catena Alta Chardonnay 2013

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Catena Alta Chardonnay 2013 750ML            
Sku: 21242

In 1902, Nicola Catena, an Italian immigrant, planted his first vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. The winery has been in family hands for three generations. For the past two decades, owner, Nicolas Catena Zapata and his team of winemakers and viticulturalists have studied the different microclimates and terroirs of Mendoza to determine the best areas and vineyard techniques to grow the winery’s many varietals. Nicolas Catena Zapata believes that the terroir of Mendoza’s high altitude wine country (3,000 - 5,000 feet) is unique to the world.

The temperature, low humidity and scarce rainfall create ideal conditions for making distinctive wines that can stand with the best in the world. In 2001, Nicolas Catena Zapata inaugurated a new winery inspired by Mayan architecture. The unprecedented, state-of-the-art winery is located at 3,100 feet above sea level in the heart of the 18 year old Uxmal vineyard. The winery was designed to embody the heritage and individuality of Mendoza’s wine country, while fulfilling Catena’s quest to place Argentine wines among the best in the world.

Tasting notes
The nose offers ripe white fruit aromas such as pears and peaches that are interwoven with delicate citrus and floral notes, such as jasmine. The palate shows rich and concentrated ripe pear, apple and apricot flavors with a light note of minerality. The wine finishes long and complex with crisp, mineral acidity.

Rating

"Bright, pure yellow. Energetic aromas of white peach, flowers and minerals, plus a touch of brown spices. A step up in intensity and grain from the Appellation Tupungato Chardonnay, conveying a plush texture but an element of delicacy to the flavors of white stone fruits, spices, minerals and fleur de sel. Most impressive on the long, slowly mounting finish. Not too many vintages ago, this wine was routinely aged in 100% new oak." Antonio Galloni, 92 Points

"The 2013 Catena Alta Chardonnay feels cleaner, sharper, more focused and with less (or better integrated) new oak. It was sourced from two separate vineyards in different vineyards/villages of the Valle de Uco, Adrianna in Gualtallary and Domingo in Villa Bastias. The clear must fermented slowly in 500-liter oak barrels so it becomes quite stable naturally. It matured in those oak barrels for 14-15 months. This is very fresh, elegant, austere, angular and really impressive wine. 18,000 bottles produced." Robert Parker, 92 Points

"An elegant, rich and fruity white, with plenty of creamy notes to the apple pastry, ripe pear and marzipan flavors. The juicy finish is loaded with buttery and spicy elements. Drink now through 2018. 1,400 cases imported." Wine Spectator, 90 Points


Country: Argentina
Region: Cuyo
Sub-Region: Mendoza
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
 
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