The White Stones Chardonnay has a pale green-yellow color. The nose shows an excellent mixture of delicate white flowers and white fruit aromas with pure minerality notes. The mouthfeel is elegant and fresh, showing jasmine, ripe peach and pear flavors interwoven with mineral notes. The finish is bright, with clean acidity and wonderful length.
This wine pairs well with scallops, shrimp, stonecrab and the delicately sweet flavor of halibut.
"The genesis of the 2009 White Stones Chardonnay is from 27 rows in Lot 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary. It is fermented in 225- and 500-litre French oak barrels (40% new), with 70% undergoing malolactic fermentation. It has a bouquet of light wild honey, honeysuckle and minerals that lend it a Corton-Charlemagne like complexity. The palate has a gorgeous brioche, hazelnut and toffee-tinged entry. It displays taut acidity and a harmonious, mineral-rich finish with hints of smoke and almond. Outstanding. Drink now-2025+."
The Wine Advocate
"Full, bright yellow-gold. Very ripe stone fruits, hazelnut, vanilla cream and sexy oak spices on the nose. Rich, sappy and deep, with the underlying chalky quality giving the wine superb nervosite and an impression of weightlessness. Stone fruit flavors are complicated by an enticing note of marzipan. With its precise, dry, stony finish, this very concentrated, bracing-yet-silky wine leaves the mouth feeling refreshed. The most promising Argentine chardonnay I've tasted to date, in the style of a grand cru Chablis. The White Stones and White Bones wines are Catena Zapata's new spare-no-expense chardonnays meant to be equivalent to their top vineyard-designated malbecs.
Rating: 94(+?) "
International Wine Cellar
"Without doubt the most full and complete Chardonnay from Argentina that this critic has tried. It smells lush and toasty, with elegant apple and pear aromas. The mouthfeel is rich and balanced, while flavors of baked apple, vanilla cream and woodspice are endearing. Long and flavorful on the finish, and not overoaked."