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2010 Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay Mendoza
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2012

(aged in one-third new oak):  Pale bright yellow.  Citrus peel, stone fruits, sweet herbs and spicy oak notes of ginger and cinnamon on the nose.  Ripe, smooth and peachy, with a strong component of vanillin oak.  A bit soft in the middle but quite dry and uncompromising, with a saline nuance on the back.

87 Points | Wine Spectator
90 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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