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Professional Ratings: 93 International Wine Cellar, 92 The Wine Advocate
Region: Argentina, South America
Style: Rich & Creamy
Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%
Item no. 108030
The 2008 Catena Alta Chardonnay has a bright greenishyellow color. The nose shows an excellent mixture of citrus fruit interwoven with honeyed tropical 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 clean, bright acidity and wonderful length.
Very pale color. Captivating aromas of lemon cream, nectarine, papaya, cinnamon, mace and smoky oak. Dense and lush on entry, then sweet but shapely in the middle, with vibrant flavors of pineapple, peach and spices. Surprisingly sappy acidity gives this wine terrific verve and grip. Spreads out to saturate the palate without leaving any impression of weight. I would call this Burgundian, but it's really chardonnay in its own distinctive style-and one of the best examples of the variety I've yet tasted from Argentina.
There is one white wine among the higher-end new releases, the 2008 Alta Chardonnay. Light gold in color with an outstanding aromatic array of buttered popcorn, honeysuckle, mineral, and tropical fruits, on the palate it is medium-bodied, concentrated, impeccably balanced, and lengthy. This savory offering can be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years. I recently tasted the 2002 and it still drinks well but further aging is a gamble. The Alta Chardonnay's relatively modest price should put a scare into California and French Chardonnay producers who routinely charge double (or more) for similar quality.