Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Alta Chardonnay 2018 (750ml)

Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Alta Chardonnay 2018 (750ml)

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The 2016 Catena Alta Chardonnay was cropped from a cool El Niño year. It's fresh and elegant, with high acidity and moderate alcohol. The oak is almost imperceptible, as the wine is very intense and pungent. Eighty percent of the grapes come from Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary, and the rest come from the Domingo Vineyard in Viña Bastías, in Tupungato. It fermented in 225-liter oak barrels with wild yeasts, and only about 30% of the volume underwent malolactic fermentation. The aging lasted for 14 months and was in new, second and third use barriques. It has a dark golden color and an impressive nose with ripe yellow fruit and some notes of botrytis but with a completely dry palate. It's round, lush and exotic, with the grapes taken from deeper soils and slightly warmer parts of the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary. It's quite marked by the oak, but it should evolve nicely and in a classical Burgundian way in bottle. 31,200 bottles were filled in July 2017. Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Bright medium yellow. Aromas of passion fruit, white peach and menthol are complicated by subtle floral and saline nuances. Quite refined in its grain, with pronounced saline minerality and tangy acidity nicely buffering its subtle fruit sweetness. Lovely silky umami texture and a long finish. There's a lot going on here, but this very rich, silky, classically dry wine is still youthfully inexpressive, with its fruit a bit suppressed in the early going. Winemaker Alejandro Vigil notes that this is a perfect wine to serve with sweetbreads. (6.95 g/l total acidity) Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

Critic Rating: Robert Parker Wine Advocate 92 Points, Vinous 92 Points

Suggested Drink Window: 2018 - 2023