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2011 Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay Catena Alta Mendoza
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2014

(mostly from vines planted at an altitude of about 5,000 feet):  Bright yellow-green.  High-pitched perfume of white peach, lime and minerals, complicated by sexy oak.  Intensely flavored and subtly sweet, showing much more clarity and verve than the regular 2012 bottling.  Strong rocky minerality enlivens the apricot fruit.  Finishes firm, dry, brisk and long, with lovely cut and lift.

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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