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Catena Alta Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from Argentina
  • RP92
  • D91
  • ST91
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Winemaker 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

RP 92
The Wine Advocate

The 2011 Catena Alta Chardonnay is sourced from the Adrianna (Gualtallary), and Domingo (named after Nicolas Catena’s father, and is located in Villa Bastias in Tupungato at 1,120 meters altitude) vineyards. Despite 2011 being cooler the wine is 14% alcohol, riper and fresher (Acidity (grams/liter) 7.30, pH: 3.22). They always use the same vineyards and the same part of the vineyards for the Alta range, mostly from Adrianna and a little from Domingo. This is golden-colored, and a little more tropical, more marked by the oak, with a toasty and somehow honeyed character already developing (some 6-7% of the grapes developed botrytis). The palate is medium-bodied and round, with a pleasant bitter finish. More exuberant, rounder.

D 91
Decanter

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.

ST 91
International Wine Cellar

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.

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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 export 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.

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration...

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol, with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style, as are ripe, tropical-fruited Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture...

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

WBO30098584_2011 Item# 125713

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