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Catena Zapata Chardonnay White Stones 2010

Catena Zapata Chardonnay White Stones 750ml 2010     
Sku: 1905031

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White Stones Chardonnay comes from a select 27 rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The wine is then fermented in French oak barrels at low temperatures to preserve the aromatics. A little over two-thirds of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. The name refers to the gravelly ground beneath the vines, which is covered with oval, white stones.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 94 points (Apr 2014)
The top two white wines are really mindboggling. I tasted them in Madrid, and was impressed, but I had to jump into a pit with a glass of each in the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary to really understand the differences in terroir, which is what separates them: they are both sourced from the same vineyard, but from different micro-plots. The 2010 Catena Zapata White Stones Chardonnay is sourced from rows in the Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary where the soil is rich in chalk-covered stones all the way to the surface, hence the name. The alcohol is limited to 13% and the wine is incredibly fresh (it has 7.5 grams of acidity/liter and a pH of 3.25). The grapes are harvested at five different points in time to get different ripeness of grapes and therefore different levels of acidity, sugar and aromatic compounds. The wine fermented in old wood and inox for around 15 days, there is no malolactic (in some barrels it happens naturally, and there’s nothing you can do) and the wine ages in tank for nine months before bottling. Alejandro does not like to completely top up the barrels, because he does not want to use SO2, and prefers the veil of yeast to develop naturally. It is something that protects from oxidation. This is really backward and ungiving, slowly showing some white flowers, citric notes and echoes of chalk and smoke. The palate is medium bodied, really seamless, with great freshness and pungent acidity ending long and with a mineral feeling. This is superb! Only 3,600 bottles were filled in 2010. Drink 2014-2020.

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Country: Argentina
Region: Cuyo
Sub-Region: Mendoza
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
 
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