Catena Zapata Adrianna White Bones Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
Catena Zapata Adrianna White Bones Chardonnay 2011 Front Label

Catena Zapata Adrianna White Bones Chardonnay 2011

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750ML / 13.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

White Bones Chardonnay comes from select rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The wine is fermented and aged in French oak barrels with about two-thirds undergoing malolactic fermentation. The name refers to the soil underneath these rows, which is layered with calcareous deposits and limestone as well as fossilized bones – the remnants of a river that used to pass through the region.

The 2011 Catena Zapata White Bones Chardonnay has a bright lemon yellow color in the glass. The nose shows an excellent melange of citrus and white fruit notes with vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich and concentrated, showing ripe pear, apple and apricot flavors with salty notes. The finish shows bright, clean acidity and wonderful length.

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RP 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 White Bones Chardonnay is much cooler that any previous vintage of this wine, and the grapes were harvested very early. The nose reminded me of a hypothetical blend of a Chablis from Raveneau and a Chassagne from Ramonet with the mineral austerity and balsamic notes. But the nose is yet to be developed. The palate gives more of an idea of where the wine might go in the future since the salty minerality, the acidity and the length are truly remarkable. In 2011 the White Stones might have challenged the hegemony of the White Bones. Time will tell, but for now... I bet on the Bones. Outstanding!! 2,500 bottles produced.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Dusty, oaky nectarine and apricot aromas are smooth and clean. This is full in body, with a layered stone-fruit-driven palate that’s showing good body and bright acidity. Flavors of nectarine and peach are lightly toasted and bring a note of vanilla, while the finish is round and mellow. Drink now.
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