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Catena Chardonnay 2004

Chardonnay from Argentina
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    Winemaker 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.

    "Full yellow-gold. Rather exotic aromas of apricot, orange, honey and smoky oak. Then sweet but firm, with very intense flavors of apricot, peach, kiwi and minerals (Catena described these flavors as "acidic tropical fruits"). Catena's chardonnays are consistently among the elite of Argentina, as few other producers manage to capture this much freshness of fruit."
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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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    With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    YNG136726_2004 Item# 84430

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