shared this with pat and ellen at selkirk manor. first wine on the thanksgiving table. paired with shrimp cocktail followed by cantaloupe and prosciutto. i continue to like this wine better than other tasters. it is fresh and clean but also has a bit of complexity to capture the attention. compared with previous notes, regarding aromatics, buttered popcorn is no longer present. more prominent pear and apple are still present. i am not sensitive to the baking spices mentioned by jay miller. i particularly appreciate the impeccable balance amd extraordinary precision of the finish. the acidity has dissipated somewhat but there is still firm structure holding things together. i have had the 2005 and 2006. both of those were at their best within a few years of the vintage. i like the 2009 better as it has proved to be more substantial and enjoyed greater longevity.
I can do no more than post my comments on the 2010: '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 [this comment referred to the 2010 vintage] 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.'
Superb with a thick, fresh halibut steak. With the food, I was reminded of 'Domaine de la Bongran' Burgundy (Macon) and my wife and I found a trace of ginger (as in Bongran). N.b. Bongran is lovely but twice the current price in UK...... I think the Catena is a bargain, relatively speaking, IF you are prepared to cellar it for 3-5 years.
There is still life in this vintage. It won't get better but it will certainly not 'fall off a cliff'. Lovely wine!
Fresh grape flavours coming through. Woody at first but after leaving a while it mellowed. Drank after a Tasmanian Chardonnay which was much sweeter though very good in its own right. It spoilt the first glass of the Catena which is a shame as the rest could only be described as wonderful.
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