Catena Zapata White Stones Chardonnay 2017

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. 

About the Vineyard

"White Stones"  makes reference to a spot of vines that is completely covered with oval stones covered with a thin white layer of calcium. This oval white stones deposists found on the creek bed area are the result of an aluvium that came down the mountain eroding the original stones and making them rounded .

Tasting Notes

Delicate aroma with mineral notes and white flowers, in the mouth it is a wine of great elegance , with delicious flavors of jasmine and white peach , gently intertwined with a fresh mineral side. Wine lively and refreshing acidity with a long, lingering finish .

Food Pairing

This wine pairs well with a variety of more full-flavored fish dishes especially shellfish like shrimp, crab, and lobster. For a special meal try this elegant Chardonnay with Grilled Langoustines with Beurre Blanc.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Adrianna Vineyard (Block 1)
Vineyard size
267 acres
Soil composition
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 - Aprli
First vintage of this wine
2009
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container
Barriques
Length of alcoholic fermentation
45 days
Fermentation temperature
60 °F
Maceration technique
Battonage
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
12
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12-16 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12.9 %
pH level
3.2
Residual sugar
1.8 g/L
Acidity
7.9 g/L

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