Catena Alta Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from Argentina, South America

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Item No. 125713
  • white wine
  • D91
  • ST91
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
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Winemaker's Notes

The nose offers ripe white fruit aromas such as pears and peaches that are interwoven with delicate citrus and floral notes, such as jasmine. The palate shows rich and concentrated ripe pear, apple and apricot flavors with a light note of minerality. The wine finishes long and complex with crisp, mineral acidity.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright yellow-green. High-pitched perfume of white peach, lime and minerals, complicated by sexy oak. Intensely flavored and subtly sweet, showing much more clarity and verve than the regular 2012 bottling. Strong rocky minerality enlivens the apricot fruit. Finishes firm, dry, brisk and long, with lovely cut and lift."
91 Points

"Crafted from select blocks of vines, this vintage possesses nutty, spicy oak notes rising above a creamy lemon base. It also features a strong, food-friendly personality, with structure, weight and rich, mouth filling taste of spice, lemon and apple. Sewn up with a deep, rounded a deep, rounded and long finish. "
91 Points

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Rating:
(10/17/2013)
Not much character or style to this, basically an adequate chardonnay that would be good value if it was $25
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Rating:
(4/28/2014)
Style: Rich & Creamy
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