Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard White Bones 2016

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. 

Tasting Notes

The White Bones Chardonnay has a bright lemon yellow color in the glass. The nose shows an enticing mélange of apples and pears interwoven with stone fruit notes and vanilla. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a rich and concentrated mouthfeel and flavors of ripe Anjou pears, apples, quince, and apricot flavors with hints of vanilla and nuttiness. The overall impression of the wine is one of balance with a bright, clean acidity and lingering finish.

Food Pairing

The is a rich, full-bodied Chardonnay that nonetheless possesses a crisp acidity making it the perfect foil for meatier fish like tuna and swordfish as well as seafood dishes prepared with butter and cream. Try this wine with a dish like Roasted Monkfish with Cardinal Sauce for an unforgettable meal. 

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Adrianna Vineyard (Block 1)
Vineyard size
267 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous, Sand, and Stony
Training method
VSP
Elevation
4,575 feet
Vines/acre
2200
Yield/acre
1.2 tons
Exposure
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
1992
Harvest time
March - April
First vintage of this wine
2009
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container
Barriques
Length of alcoholic fermentation
45 days
Maceration technique
Battonage
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Size of aging container
225L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12-16 months

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