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2008 - Catena Alta Chardonnay
Sub Region Mendoza
library code: 53910
From the Critics:
- "Very pale color. Captivating aromas of lemon cream, nectarine, papaya, cinnamon, mace and smoky oak. Dense and lush on entry, then sweet but shapely in the middle, with vibrant flavors of pineapple, peach and spices. Surprisingly sappy acidity gives this wine terrific verve and grip. Spreads out to saturate the palate without leaving any impression of weight. I would call this Burgundian, but it's really chardonnay in its own distinctive style—and one of the best examples of the variety I've yet tasted from Argentina." 93 Points - Stephen Tanzer - International Wine Cellar
"There is one white wine among the higher-end new releases, the 2008 Alta Chardonnay. Light gold in color with an outstanding aromatic array of buttered popcorn, honeysuckle, mineral, and tropical fruits, on the palate it is medium-bodied, concentrated, impeccably balanced, and lengthy. This savory offering can be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years. I recently tasted the 2002 and it still drinks well but further aging is a gamble. The Alta Chardonnay’s relatively modest price should put a scare into California and French Chardonnay producers who routinely charge double (or more) for similar quality." 92 points - Jay Miller - Wine Advocate
"The 2008 Catena Alta Chardonnay has a greenish-yellow color. The nose shows a bright mixture of citrus fruit interwoven with honeyed stone fruit notes and floral tones. The mouthfeel is rich and concentrated, showing ripe pear, apple and apricot flavors with a light note of sweet nutmeg spice. The finish shows bright, clean acidity and wonderful length."
"Catena Alta Chardonnay is sourced from small, carefully selected estate-grown lots in two of the Catena family’ Andean vineyards: Adrianna vineyard (80%) and Domingo vineyard (20%). The blend of these historic lots, like the marriage of sounds that create a symphony, yields a highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations."
The whole cluster is pressed, and then 100% barrel fermented in French oak (50% new) with natural yeasts at low temperatures and aged for 12-16 months."
2008 was an outstanding vintage. The growing season began warmer than usual. The conditions were also exceptionally dry. This caused the physiological ripening of sugars to accelerate but the phonologic ripening of polyphenols to slow down. In late January, some precipitation moved in which lowered temperatures and brought the physiologic and phenologic ripening processes back in sync. It was a vintage which started warm and ended cool."
This wine was also scored 88 points by the Wine Enthusiast and the Wine Spectator.