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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Catena Chardonnay 2002
Catena Chardonnay 2002
(search item no. 58964)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Catena Chardonnay (from the Agrelo Vineyard) has a golden yellow color with pronounced green reflections. It boasts concentrated aromas of ripe tropical and citrus fruits with light notes of vanilla and toast. The mouthfeel is full, round and soft, with explosive fruit flavors of ripe pears and pineapples and a creamy texture. The wine has a lengthy finish with crisp acidity and touches of smoky toast.

At 940 m (3,100') elevation, the Agrelo Vineyard enjoys warm sunny days that allow for full and even ripening, and cool nights that allow for an excellent balance between acidity and sugar. All year round the vineyard is managed with the latest pruning and trellising techniques. Vertical trellising, pre-harvest cluster removal, vine to vine canopy management and controlled irrigation are used at the Agrelo Vineyard to grow Chardonnay fruit with opulent flavors.

"Bursting at the seems with sweet white fruit and spice aromas, this wine offers a satiny personality packed with velvety layers of spices. Well-balanced, expressive (and yet elegant), it also reveals a prolonged finish. It can be drunk over the next 4-5 years."
-Wine Advocate

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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.