2013 Catena Alta "Historic Rows" Chardonnay Mendoza
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)
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)
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)
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.