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Date Printed: 10/19/2014
Catena Alta Chardonnay 1999
Catena Alta Chardonnay 1999
(search item no. 43674)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/19/2014: $29.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Decanter rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for Catena Alta Chardonnay come from a select block of Adrianna vineyard, Catena's premier Chardonnay vineyard. At 1,500m (5,000') elevation, the Adrianna vineyard experiences an even greater thermal amplitude than the Uxmal vineyard, with very cool nights during ripening. The Catena Alta block has historically provided the most balanced and uniform yields. These carefully chosen vines undergo a detailed thinning process aimed at leaving only select, isolated clusters.

Picked in the cool, early morning hours, the grapes for Catena Alta Chardonnay are whole cluster pressed. The juice is all barrel fermented, and the wine spends a total of 14 months in 100% new François Fréres French oak. The result is a wine full of fresh fruit, with the added nuances of malolactic and oak flavors.

The 1999 Catena Alta Chardonnay has an intense golden yellow color with green tones. The nose is full of citric and white stone fruit aromas laced with honey and toast. The wine is soft and round on the palate, with great harmony and equilibrium between the rich fruit and the light notes of vanilla and spice. Catena Alta Chardonnay will only be made in exceptional vintage years.

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About Catena:

Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.