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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Catena Alta Chardonnay 2009
Catena Alta Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 113787)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $34.99

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
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
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Catena Alta Chardonnay presents an intense greenish-yellow color. The nose offers peaches, vanilla and citric aromas with light floral notes and hints of spice and toasted bread. The palate shows rich and concentrated ripe pear, apricot flavors and a light note of sweet nutmeg spice. Finishes long and complex with crisp, mineral acidity.

Try pairing with chicken marinated in lime and honey.

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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.