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.
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