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.
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.
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 $18.00, this paired really well with baked brie with pears.
Nose was reluctant sweet honey. Sweet and buttery palate balanced with a crisp citrusy tropical fruit. Evolves to an anise based finish that has something like tar at the end. Big, disjointed, bossy and compelling. Perhaps would benefit from a year of incarceration. 13.5% alcohol. 87
Medium straw core, moderate nose of lemon verbana, hay, buttered toast with vanilla and dill undertones. Full bodied flavors of lemon with a strong herbal presence of dill, hay and lemon verbana. The wine builds in body on the palate, finishing with wet stone, vanilla and hay. Fairly good.
This is the Chardonnay you've been looking for...darn tasty and perfect style for summer and 21st century style chard. Nose is light with some fruit, citrus, stewed fruit. Palate has nice acid, lemon/lime citrus that transforms into some nice hints of buttery/oak stewed fruit. Medium bodied, and still remains to be somewhat refreshing...great price point - 18$ CAN at Kenaston Wine. Would buy more for shelf.
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? :=) )
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.
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.