Shared this with Pat, Ira and Susan R. At Selkirk Manor. Independence Day celebration. Enjoyed in the garden. Paired with hummus and flat bread. The wine showed well. Still has some energy. Perhaps not as complex as the first bottle enjoyed in 2013. But still has elements of oak, vanilla, cream, caramel, poached pear and lemon. Light and refreshing when cold. More cerebral as it warms up. Will hold remaining bottle until the end of the summer. This is a reliable producer. Will look for current vintage at retail to enjoy next summer.
Shared with pat and ellen at Selkirk Manor. Paired with baked salmon from La Bella Market. Served this bottle colder than the last one. As a result, tasted most pure Chard grape flavors without all of the overtones found in the last bottle. Still, very enjoyable. Holding up very well. Will get more for summer garden parties.
Excellent New World Chardonnay that is neither excessively alcoholic nor excessively oaked. Both are definitely there, but the fruit is excellent (apple, baked pear, peach, melon and a touch of papaya) and the acidity moderate to high, keeping the buttery, nutmeg-laced oak in check. Just a touch hot on the finish, otherwise very good for the price. 13.5%, $17.
Golden in color. I get lots of apple and pear on the nose and especially apple on the initial taste. Very acidic and yet sweet. Nice decent finish and for the price this is definitely something to pick up.
Straw yellow in color. Underripe peach, underripe pear, melon, almond, honey, and nutmeg on the nose. Ripe peach and pear on the palate with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Moderate plus acidity.
Golden yellow; vanilla, slight butter, poached pear, and apple nicely framed by good acid creating nice balance; just to the riper more oaky side of center; I enjoyed the hedonism of it but appreciated the good acid.
Similar to previous bottle. Rather precise but somewhat thin palate. Much better after an hour in the glass, when it has warmed up to 12-14C and gained some depth that was missing earlier; it's become more creamy, with vanilla, lemongrass, baked apple, and flower (lavender?) notes.
shared with pat at selkirk manor to celebrate the end of the work week. we have been following catena for several years now and have become fans. it seems that i like this wine more than most other ct members. reading professional and member notes i am reminded of the 8 blind men trying to describe an elephant after touching just one part. everyone seems to have their own impressions. i believe that a lot may have to do with serving temperature as the wine unwound considerably after it warmed up a bit. i find a nice balance between fruit, acidity and oak. vanilla, cream and caramel nose. poached pear and lemon in the mouth. medium body. short finish. will probably continue to develop for another year or two. will go back for more.
This was not as good as the last bottle we had. The wine looks Yellow gold colored. The legs are Fast. It smells like Pear, Apple, and Apple blossom. It tastes like Apple, and Pear. The body is Medium. The wine has Coarse texture. The wine finishes Medium.
This has been open for a few hours now. Aromas have really subsided. Feels a little fatter on the palate than the '11 Morgan SLH Chard. Caramel palate. Vanilla and pear. Again, shy of the tropics. Creme brûlée.
The back label talks all about balance and concentration but the one big bug-a-boo (wine technical speak) I have with this wine is ITS LACK OF CONCENTRATION! Its a nice, middle of the road international Chardonnay that at $19 I paid too much for (not at home so forced to forage in strange wine stores.....). It came highly recommended by a total stranger who, slightly swaying/slurring as he spoke, recommended this above the bottle of Cameron Hughes Atlas Peak Chardonnay at $15 I was going to survive the night with.
Note to others: never trust a total stranger's wine recommendation's who is slightly swaying/slurring as he speaks! I mean I figured that given the size of the nose on him, his Burberry Trench Coat and the bottle he had in his own hand (a very nice Italian Gavi actually) he must drink a LOT of wine and have some intimate knowledge, but alas, our tastes in Chardonnay differ.....
Actually I don't mind this wine at all. But, for more than about $12, forgetaboutit.
Creamy mouth feel, with soft flavors of mango/mellon/spice/a touch of acid/oak/vanilla. But it tastes like it was watered down. Clean finish, no bad after taste, but still, no concentration, no focus, no "spark" what so ever. Shame.
One could do way worse, but look to find this much closer to $12 and you will be happy.
Greenish pale yellow in color. Nose is initially very tropical followed by bowls of peaches, pear, buttery vanilla, & while flowers. On the palate there is immediate vibrant acidity & very refreshing for Chardonnay which is surrounded by passion fruit & pineapple. This is cut by a lemon-lime & mineral mid-palate that really cleanses & is light to medium in mouthfeel. The finish is of fig, pear, & apple. Definitely not your California Chardonnay but a nice change.