2013 Catena Alta "Historic Rows" Chardonnay Mendoza

SKU #1264697 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (LG)  (5/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 A full blast of oak and related aromas open this creamy, ripe wine. Plump on the palate but with just enough acidity to preserve balance, this rich, friendly wine features walnut, papaya and citrus flavors that finish woody, smooth and long. Drink now. (MS)  (10/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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. (KM)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

Catena's "Historic Rows" Chardonnay consists of a blend of fruit from Adrianna vineyard (Gualtallary) and Domingo vineyard in Tupungato. It has beautiful yellow fruit, crisp minerality and lots of length on the finish. If you are a fan of California Chardonnay that is neither all toast and butter nor simple and unoaked, you really ought to give this a try.

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Chardonnay

- 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, M√Ęcon, 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.
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Argentina

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