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2007 Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay Catena Alta Mendoza
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2010

($35) Very pale, green-tinged yellow. More lees on the nose than the basic bottling, with sexy smoke and truffle nose along with a suggestion of exotic fruits. Then fuller, larger-scaled and sweeter in the mouth, with a wilder character and more complexity. Impressively mouthcoating wine with intriguing smoky, meaty and mineral suggestions. This is from the cooler Adrianna Vineyard, which features a blend of sand, clay and rock, and was aged in 50% new French oak. The Catena family still rules when it comes to chardonnay in Argentina

91 Points | Wine Spectator

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About Argentina

Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.


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Chardonnay

The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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