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ProducerBodega Catena Zapata (web)
UPC Code(s)091882393151, 098709088535

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2014 (based on 8 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.4 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 69 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by johnrm on 8/3/2014 & rated 90 points: A lovely yellow/green tint, nice nose with citrus, buttery, tropical notes. The palate is understated - some citrus, apple, pear, even mango - but all integrated into a lovely, mature, harmonious whole. Buttery, honeyed, supported by the subtle oak but elegant and 'un-shouty'. Beats a lot of cheaper Burgundy hands down for me.
I always enjoy Catena Chardonnay at all levels but like to keep it for a few years before drinking. This did not disappoint.
The perceptive comment about 'corn' by Whip Hand crystallised something for me but this component faded with a short time in the glass and with food (the wine is surely made for food) and did not detract from my enjoyment. (1035 views)
 Tasted by RMapou on 9/20/2013 & rated 90 points: Always a favorite. Reasonably priced. Some oak, but not overly so. Buttery, with apples and pears. (1982 views)
 Tasted by DavidDay on 7/20/2013 & rated 88 points: Pear, and tropical fruits, with a hint of butter or vanilla, medium body, lingering finish (2214 views)
 Tasted by ajoviken on 7/7/2013 & rated 87 points: S: Vanilla, slight spicy hint, buttery creaminess, minerality, flint, peaches.
T: fairly good concentration, citrus, grape, vanilla, slightly buttery, apples.
All in all a decent wine with very good value. (2240 views)
 Tasted by say66what on 6/2/2013 & rated 90 points: Beautifully crafted rich, full bodied, ripe, creamy, partially oak-aged wine with plenty of freshness to give nice balance. (2464 views)
 Tasted by Win-E on 4/14/2013 & rated 89 points: N: pear, jasmine, lemon
P: biting into a Granny Smith. Juicy and sweet at mid palate. Not long finish but mineral and tart finish. Nice balance 89. Ready to drink now. (1769 views)
 Tasted by GraemeBell on 4/10/2013 & rated 86 points: Promising nose of restrained butter and minerals, but lighter on the palate. Finish was a little bitter, however. (1210 views)
 Tasted by pkomma on 2/3/2013 & rated 88 points: Great Chardonney, very smooth and buttery (1353 views)
 Tasted by ruth3 on 11/14/2012 & rated 90 points: minerals, toast, pears, tropical fruit, buttery . one of my favourite chardonnays- restrained and burgundian, great value (1669 views)
 Tasted by aeyler on 11/13/2012: Nothing special, but enjoyed at a birthday gathering with girl friends. A little on the sweet side and not very complex. (1284 views)
 Tasted by TannicBeast on 11/11/2012 & rated 90 points: The nose is clean, medium in intensity, with predominantly lemon and lime aromas. The palate is dry, with pear and apple flavors. Very nicely balanced and with a light touch of oak, this is more Burgundian in style than Californian. Drinking well now but is likely to remain fresh and appealing for a couple of more years. A very good value at under $18.00, this paired really well with baked brie with pears. (1186 views)
 Tasted by belfast taxman on 11/4/2012 & rated 86 points: possibly a bit unfair to score this wine as it was served a little too cold - this is a decent if slightly reserved Charoonnay (937 views)
 Tasted by boodra on 11/4/2012 & rated 88 points: Steady Chardonnay. Big Sweet fruit, butter and nice fresh acid. Good buy (1123 views)
 Tasted by strno on 8/27/2012 & rated 87 points: Nose was reluctant sweet honey. Sweet and buttery palate balanced with a crisp citrusy tropical fruit. Evolves to an anise based finish that has something like tar at the end. Big, disjointed, bossy and compelling. Perhaps would benefit from a year of incarceration. 13.5% alcohol. 87 (1073 views)
 Tasted by boodra on 7/23/2012 & rated 89 points: Excellent chardonnay. Rich but not Heavy (1344 views)
 Tasted by belfast taxman on 7/5/2012 & rated 87 points: very decent Argentinian Chardonnay - nice and dry but still fruity and buttery toasty (1372 views)
 Tasted by DaveDonalson on 6/12/2012 & rated 87 points: Medium straw core, moderate nose of lemon verbana, hay, buttered toast with vanilla and dill undertones. Full bodied flavors of lemon with a strong herbal presence of dill, hay and lemon verbana. The wine builds in body on the palate, finishing with wet stone, vanilla and hay. Fairly good. (1475 views)
 Tasted by YWG Wine Guy on 6/3/2012 & rated 91 points: This is the Chardonnay you've been looking for...darn tasty and perfect style for summer and 21st century style chard. Nose is light with some fruit, citrus, stewed fruit. Palate has nice acid, lemon/lime citrus that transforms into some nice hints of buttery/oak stewed fruit. Medium bodied, and still remains to be somewhat refreshing...great price point - 18$ CAN at Kenaston Wine. Would buy more for shelf. (882 views)
 Tasted by boodra on 4/10/2012 & rated 88 points: Relativly cool Chardonnay. Sligtly smokey, some butter, vanilla and yellow fruit. Good acidity and freshness. Good value and fine alternative to commune level white burgundies. (1702 views)
 Tasted by bboy on 4/6/2012 & rated 83 points: Quite a charm, little subdued, some will call that in balance, I wanted for the moment some more extravaganza (1680 views)
 Tasted by Eugene on 1/20/2012 & rated 88 points: Still on the younger side (I suspect it would age well over short period of time), but well balanced nevertheless.
Green apple, citrus and lemon custard pie flavors combined with toasty oak and great minerality make this wine pretty tasty.
Good value. Drink now or hold for a few years.

Enjoyed it with Poulet rôti (sounds better that rotisserie chicken from A&P? :=) ) (1885 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 12/15/2011 & rated 89 points: A very nice wine, the 2009 Catena Chardonnay exhibits a nose full of fruit but also wet cold minerals and a crisp fresh acidity. The oak is there, but in a very subtle an pleasant way. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and actually somewhat refined. Again the acidity plays an important role in the palate turning this effort away from the 'over-oaked' New World wines we are used to in the quality range. Overall impression is very positive. (2116 views)
 Tasted by Timbalimba on 12/12/2011 & rated 83 points: Bodegas Catena Zapata (Mendoza): Well… not short on flavour but has a prominent yeasty tone that gets a bit overpowering in tandem with the full bodied fruit and the oak. Not sure I could have handled more than a glass. (2266 views)
 Tasted by RMapou on 12/9/2011 & rated 87 points: Apple flavor with lemon finish. Full, but with little oak or buttery tones. (1849 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, March/April 2012, IWC Issue #161
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/6/2011)
(Catena Chardonnay Mendoza White) Subscribe to see review text.
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