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2009 Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay Alta
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2012

(aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak):  Pale bright yellow.  Sexy aromas of tangerine, stone fruits, talc and flowers.  Bright and penetrating, with a subtle intensity and a suggestion of sea air to the fresh apricot flavor.  A strong calcaire quality gives this wine terrific inner-mouth lift and finishing grip.  Winemaker Alejandro Vigil notes that this wine contains the fruit of several different parcels on different soils, harvested up to a month apart. There's always some botrytis in the mix, but this chardonnay is more classic than exotic.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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