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2008 Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay Catena Alta

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At almost 5,000 feet elevation in the Andean foothills, the Adrianna vineyard's pebble covered soils and cool climate are ideal for growing Chardonnay. The fruit from the Adrianna vineyard has a purity of flavors and a minerality that is particular to this vineyard and can not be found anywhere else in Mendoza.
Catena Alta Chardonnay is made from a special lot, rows 5 through 38, of the Adrianna vineyard. This wine undergoes a demanding selection process in both the vineyard and the winery.
Catena Alta Chardonnay is sourced from small, carefully selected estate-grown lots in two of the Catena family’ Andean vineyards: Adrianna vineyard (80%) and Domingo vineyard (20%). The blend of these historic lots, like the marriage of sounds that create a symphony, yields a highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations.
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.
The whole cluster is pressed, and then 100% barrel fermented in French oak (50% new) with natural yeasts at low temperatures and aged for 12-16 months.
2008 was an outstanding vintage. The growing season began warmer than usual. The conditions were also exceptionally dry. This caused the physiological ripening of sugars to accelerate but the phonologic ripening of polyphenols to slow down. In late January, some precipitation moved in which lowered temperatures and brought the physiologic and phenologic ripening processes back in sync. It was a vintage which started warm and ended cool.
Extreme high altitude cold climate vineyards with shallow- sandy soils and surface stones that impart minerality and ageability. 80% Adrianna Vineyard, Lot 1, 48550’ elevation, 20% Domingo Vineyard, Lot 7, 3,770’ elevation.
Alejandro Vigil
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14%
Total acidity: 6.0
PH: 3.28
Residual Sugar: 4.5 g/l
Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina