2014 Bodega Catena Zapata High Mountain Vines Chardonnay
Laura Catena, great-granddaughter of winery founder Nicola Catena, has created a richly textured Chardonnay sourced and blended from the family´s high-altitude vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and Tupungato. Each vineyard is specifically farmed in preparation for its role in the final blend. From the Agrelo (Lujan de Cuyo) Vineyard, the wine receives flavors of ripe, honeyed tropical fruits while the cooler temperatures of high-altitude Villa Bastias (Tupungato) Vineyard contribute pear and floral notes with racy acidity. The extreme climate and shallow, sandy soils with rocky sub-layer in Gualtallary (Tupungato) Vineyard provides citrus flavors and flinty minerality. This combination of different vineyard components results in a wine with heightened complexities and unique character that has natural balance, concentration and a distinct varietal identity.
The Catena Chardonnay combines the unique expressions of three high-altitudevineyard sites. The wine shows an intensegreenish color with yellow notes. The extraordinary combination of vineyards offershoneyed tropical fruit flavors with concentrated aromas and flavors of ripe fruits, including notes of peaches, pears and figs, hints of white flowers and notes of vanilla. It is a clean, fresh wine with a strong minerality and crisp acidity.
This wine would be a fantastic companion a variety of poultry dishes, dishes finished with a Nantua sauce, or to a rich seafood dish like Shrimp and Herb Risotto.