2007 Catena Alta Chardonnay Mendoza

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93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Catena Alta Chardonnay was sourced from one lot in the Adrianna Vineyard. It was barrel-fermented in 50% new French oak with native yeasts followed by 12-18 months in barrel with frequent batonnage. Light gold-colored, it has a superb nose of pain grille, baking spices, mineral, nutmeg, and tropical notes. Medium-bodied, elegant, and impeccably balanced, this complex Chardonnay will drink well for another 5-6 years if not longer." For those who like Chardonnay in a classically rich, lush, mouth filling new world style (think Newton unfiltered, or even Hanzell), then this is as close to a sure thing in this type of Chardonnay as you’re likely to get, and because it’s from Argentina the price is very attractive given the quality. The Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer once described Meursault as "liquid gold," a description that I think is just about perfect, and could certainly be applied to this wonderful, riper, but still beautifully balanced new world interpretation of Chardonnay. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 14