2014 Catena Zapata Chardonnay Adrianna Vineyard White Stones

Year: 2014
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 99
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"The 2014 White Stones Chardonnay, sourced from the Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary where the soils are rich in limestone, felt marginally riper than the 2013, with some yellow fruit, faint minty notes and a powerful mouthfeel with pungent flavors and great persistence. It finishes with a very tasty, almost salty finish. Some 1,600 bottles produced.

Catena has added a new line of appellation wines and the red Adrianna Vineyard sees three different bottlings, separated by soil and exposure to sun. Other than that, they combine volume in quality like nobody else in Argentina. The name Catena on the label is a guarantee of quality." (WA)

"(only 10% of this wine went through malolactic fermentation): Palish yellow, not 100% lucid. Knockout nose combines nectarine, mirabelle, candied peach, clove, ginger and crushed rock. Pungent and mineral-driven, offering an exciting sugar/acid balance and outstanding cut and intensity. Shows distinctly yellow fruits in an Alsace way. A very sexy vintage for this bottling, with its firm minerality framing and extending the very long finish and giving the wine terrific grip. The strong, youthfully bound-up acidity should hold this wine for a good decade, but I find this wine less austere than the 2013 at a similar stage because it has more sweetness of fruit to balance its pronounced acidity." (VM)

"This is a fabulous white proving that Argentina can compete with the greatest whites of the world. Complex aromas of stones, lime, lemon, flan, meringue, and flowers. Hints of pie crust. Full body, with mineral, stone and electric acidity. Joyous. Drink now or hold. Made from organically grown grapes." (JS)

Winery Notes:
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.