Catena Zapata Alta Chardonnay 2008

$38.99
$35.09

SKU 22729

750ml

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The 2008 Catena Alta Chardonnay has a greenish-yellow color. The nose shows a bright mixture of citrus fruit interwoven with honeyed stone fruit notes and floral tones. The mouthfeel is rich and concentrated, showing ripe pear, apple and apricot flavors with a light note of sweet nutmeg spice. The finish shows bright, clean acidity and wonderful length.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Brand Catena Zapata
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateThere is one white wine among the higher-end new releases, the 2008 Alta Chardonnay. Light gold in color with an outstanding aromatic array of buttered popcorn, honeysuckle, mineral, and tropical fruits, on the palate it is medium-bodied, concentrated, impeccably balanced, and lengthy. This savory offering can be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years. I recently tasted the 2002 and it still drinks well but further aging is a gamble. The Alta Chardonnay's relatively modest price should put a scare into California and French Chardonnay producers who routinely charge double (or more) for similar quality.

Jay Miller, December 2010
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorRipe yet vibrant, with a solid core of yellow and green apple, pear and melon fruit backed by hints of spice, citrus zest and chalk on the tangy finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 5,200 cases made.

Nathan Wesley, April 30, 2011
  • we86

Wine EnthusiastWaxy and warm, with peach, sweet ham, spice and vanilla aromas. As Catena Alta goes, this is not stellar. In fact, it's light on fruit and lacks the depth of flavor and punch you'd hope to see from a $34 wine. What you get is a fleshy, soft Chard with mild peach, papaya and melon flavors, and then a whack of finishing oak.

Michael Schachner, March 1, 2011

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