“When mixing terroirs in Mendoza, winemakers typically look to include the best that each has to offer. The 2019 Chardonnay Catena combines grapes from Gualtallary & Villa Bastías in Tupungato, El Cepillo in San Carlos and Agrelo in Luján de Cuyo; it is a vivid vindication of that strategy. Well-ripened, it offers penetrating pear and green apple aromas over a solid bed of herbs and oak, with hints of vanilla, hazelnut and caramel. Gentle but commercial with a velvety texture and taut, lively acidity, it's everything you could ask for from a New World Chardonnay.”
“Alejandro Vigil blended grapes from different high-altitude vineyards in the Tupungato appellation and fermented the 2019 Chardonnay Catena Appellation Tupungato using natural yeast as part of a crisp, clean approach. The nose features pears, lemon zest and a hint of yeast along with oak notes and white flowers. Tight but velvety, it has a lean, fleshy complexion in the mouth followed by a bold, crystal clear aftertaste.”
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Catena Alta Chardonnay
“Pressed in whole bunches, the 2019 Chardonnay Catena Alta combines grapes from Villa Bastías and Gualtallary, both in Tupungato. The mature perfume includes pear and apricot with herbal hints that soar over a beautifully deep layer of French oak in which the wine was fermented and spent 14 months. The butter and cream are held in check by the excellently judged acidic tension making this a velvety, delicate and refreshing white.”
“A Chardonnay from Gualtallary that underwent a carefully calibrated ageing process developed by the winemaker Alejandro Vigil: 500 liters French oak barrels, 35% new, mixed with increasing quantities of flor. Golden yellow in color, the 2018 Chardonnay El Enemigo combines aromas of pear and apple with hazelnuts, toffee and a touch of acacia. Creamy with intense flavors, the film lends a dryness in stark contrast to the ingenious structure that enhances the firm acidity and lengthy, hazelnut finish. A technical, original white inspired by the more forward thinking parts of Burgundy and California with more than a nod to Jura as well.”
“The Catena family is renowned in Argentina for all they have done for the industry in the country. Their wines are the best of the best. The Catena Zapata Nicolas is a perfect Argentine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. It shows off the energy and power the red wines can produce here."
“Argentina is best known for its malbec, and the Catena winery helped forge that reputation. The country’s chardonnay, though overlooked, is often fantastic, especially when grown in high-altitude vineyards. This attractively priced wine is lithe and racy, with peach and apricot notes and just enough oak to give it backbone.” (2.5 out of 3 stars)