2012 Catena Zapata "White Stones - Adrianna Vineyard" Chardonnay Mendoza
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 White Stones Chardonnay is also sourced from the Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary. The grapes were harvested at five different points in time, and the wine is an outstanding blending exercise. There is more ripeness here and more balsamic aromas, even a minty note that is a little exotic. Despite the ripeness of the vintage the palate is more austere, linear and very tasty. (LG)
Tightly wound, this has plenty of engaging minty notes to the white cherry and dried raspberry flavors. Cream and spice details show on the minerally finish. A distinctive style that needs some time in the bottle. Best from 2017 through 2021. (KM)
Stony, minerally aromas show a pinch of toast on top of white peach and apple cider scents. On the palate, this stays on the straight and narrow, with high acidity. Clementine and tangerine flavors finish as stony as the name implies; drink this shellfish-friendly, unique Argentinean Chardonnay through 2022. (MS)
From the importer: "White Stones Chardonnay comes from a select 27 rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The wine is then fermented in French oak barrels at low temperatures to preserve the aromatics. A little over two-thirds of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. The name refers to the gravelly ground beneath the vines, which is covered with oval, white stones."