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Catena Alta Chardonnay 750ML 2013
Sku: 03450
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/village ...more
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Country: Argentina
Region: Cuyo
Sub-Region: Mendoza
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
in-store only
Reg. $39.99
On Sale $25.99
Wine & Spirits 92 points - 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.
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. 18,000 bottles produced.
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. 1,400 cases imported. -KM

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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
Producer
Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyard management team have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza, Argentina. Nicolás Catena has planted an almost countless number of varietals and clones throughout his mountain vineyard sites. This quest for quality lead Nicolás and Laura Catena to a crucial discovery regarding the influence of altitude on grape cultivation in Mendoza. Observing the important differences in soil types, average temperatures and thermal amplitudes that exist at varying altitudes, he found that vineyard sites which are just a few kilometers apart can have vast differences in altitude and possess remarkably different microclimates. Over the years, the in depth study of these different microclimates led Nicolás to determine that the same varietal, and even the same clone, presented distinct aromatic and flavor profiles when cultivated in each of these unique microclimates. Implementing the age old art of assemblage, he found that by blending these different lots of the same varietal, he could achieve a more complex wine.

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