Bodega Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard White Stones Chardonnay 2013 (Mendoza, Argentina) "...stone, lime, meringue..."
For over four generations, the Catena family has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina. In his pursuit to make wines that stand with the best in the world, Nicolás Catena identified the best lots, and rows, in the Catena family’s estate vineyards.
White Stones Chardonnay comes from a select 27 rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The name refers to the ground beneath the vines which is covered with gravel - oval white stones.
“The Adrianna vineyard is located at almost 5,000’ elevation in the Gualtallary sub-district of the Tupungato region. The rocky soil prevents deep root growth and allows for ideal drainage conditions. These are very poor soils where the vines are constantly in conditions of stress. The cool nights allow for very slow ripening, optimal acid retention, and low yields.” – Winemaker
“This is a fabulous white proving that Argentina can compete with the greatest whites of the world. Complex aromas of stones, lime, lemon, flan, meringue, and flowers. Hints of pie crust. Full body, with mineral, stone, and electric acidity. Joyous. Drink now. Made from organically grown grapes.” – 99 Points, James Suckling
“One of finest Chardonnays in the world, the 2014 Catena Zapata White Stones offers impressive aromas and flavors of green apples and dried earth. The wine's crisp acidity pairs it superbly with sautéed scallops. (Tasted: October 1, 2017, San Francisco, CA)” – Wilfred Wong, Wine.com