Catena Zapata White Stones Chardonnay 2020

Catena Zapata White Stones Chardonnay 2020

 

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Catena Zapata
White Stones Chardonnay 2020
  • Vintage : 2020
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Mendoza
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Creamy Full Bodied White
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 12,9°
  • Grappes : 100% Chardonnay

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 97 2020
WS Wine Spectator 90 2020
RP Robert Parker 99 2019
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 95 2019
DCT Decanter 96 2018
TA Tim Atkin 94 2016
JD Jeb Dunnuck 94 2016
W&S Wines & Spirits 94 2015
More information on wine critics and ratings

White Stones Chardonnay comes from a select 27 rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The wine is then fermented in French oak barrels at low temperatures to preserve the aromatics. A little over two-thirds of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation.

The name refers to the gravelly ground beneath the vines, which is covered with oval, white stones.

Tasting Notes : The White Stones Chardonnay has a bright lemon yellow color with gold highlights. Aromas of pears and apples are underscored by notes of vanilla and white flowers and a stony minerality. On the palate, the wine has flavors of baked red apples, Bosc pears, and quince along with notes of creamy vanilla and baking spices. The finish is crisp and bright with a stony minerality that lingers on the palate.

Nicola Catena planted his first Malbec vineyards in Mendoza in 1902. Malbec had been a blending grape in Bordeaux, but Nicola suspected it would find its hidden splendor in the Argentine Andes. Fast forward sixty years and Nicola’s grandson Nicolas took the reigns of the family firm. Since the mid-1960s, Nicolas has spent his career building Catena in to one of the world’s best wineries, emulating what his mentor Robert Mondavi achieved in California. Nicolas was a pioneer of… Read more

James Suckling (JS) : 97 Points (2020)
Lemon zest, pineapple, white pepper, cloves, jasmine, crushed stones and chalk on the nose. Medium-bodied, focused and phenolic. Very fine, mineral and tight with persistent energy and vivid acidity. Creamy, with salted-almond notes at the end. Drink from 2023.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 90 Points (2020)
Restrained and elegant, with floral citrus and melon flavors and powerful minerality adding texture and expanding its presence. Ends with spicy details and hints of cream. Drink now through 2026.

Robert Parker (RP) : 99 Points (2019)
The amazing 2019 White Stones Chardonnay comes from a select group of 27 rows planted on lot I of the Adriana Vineyard, and the composition of those rows is soil with white oval stones covered by gravel. The Adriana Vineyard is planted at an altitude of almost 1,500 meters above sea level, in the district of Gualtallary in Tupungato. The stony soil prevents deep root growth, providing optimum drainage. This soil, which is very poor in organic matter, contributes to the vines' permanent stress conditions. The cool nights allow for very slow ripening, optimal acid retention and low yields. This is always a more austere wine than the White Bones, more mineral and restrained, less aromatic, with great balance, a little higher in alcohol and with very good acidity, rounder and more Meursault than Chablis but still with citrus freshness and pungent flavors and always some spice (curry) because of the aging in barrel with flor. This year, the two whites show a more marked personality, possibly aided by the style of the cooler year but also because the winery has a better understanding of the places. It's still very young and undeveloped; it's drinkable now, but with more time in bottle, it should develop greater complexity. Now the finish shows acidity and salt, which make it very vibrant. 6,600 bottles were filled in May 2020.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 95 Points (2019)
The 2019 Chardonnay White Stones Adrianna Vineyard is from the eponymous vineyard in Tupungato, Uco Valley, and was aged for up to 16 months in used French barrels. Bright yellow in the glass. The nose offers hazelnuts, herbs and a whiff of oak alongside hints of linden blossom and acacia. Intense and concentrated in the mouth, this has a skeletal structure and a compact, saline, tangy palate before powerful aromas of fruit and oak gather at the back of the throat to deliver an elongated finish helped along by the acidity. (JH) (6/2021)

Decanter (DCT) : 96 Points (2018)
A wine made with passion and precision, sourced from 27 rows of a 2.5ha plot, established on poor rocky soil located at 1,450m in Gualtallary. Ethereal, mysterious and elegant, including aromas of ripe yellow fruits, orange peel, butterscotch, fresh dough and mineral notes. On the palate it displays mouthwatering freshness; taut with savoury complexity and hints of sweet spices resulting from skilful use of oak. A classy wine with a broad creamy texture and reminiscent of white Burgundy. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030

Tim Atkin (TA) : 94 Points (2016)
White Stones is always sourced from the alluvial soils of Lot 1 in an old riverbed. Peachy, ripe and textured, with subtle oak, hints of tangerine and baking spices and a zesty, limestoneedged finish, it’s got more acidity than you think at first. One of two superb Chardonnays from the Adrianna site. 2018-24. Alcohol: 13.2%

Jeb Dunnuck (JD) : 94 Points (2016)
One of the flagship whites is the 2016 Chardonnay Adrianna Vineyard White Stones, which comes from a single block in the Adrianna Vineyard. It has a vibrant, incredibly juicy, Chablis-like style in its tart citrus, white flowers, white grapefruit, and crushed rock-laced bouquet. With medium body, nicely integrated yet high acidity, and a great finish, it’s not a heavyweight and shines for its precision and purity. It should benefit from a year in bottle and keep for a decade.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 94 Points (2015)
This comes from a six-acre block in the Adrianna Vineyard, at elevations reaching 4,600 feet in Gualtallary. The soil is chalky, with a layer of sand, the wine translating the region’s heat into unctuous notes of white fruit. The acid structure is impressive, supporting the wine’s ripeness with tense freshness while the fruit flavors fill in every corner of the mouth. Today it’s a perfect white for a grilled halibut steak; with five years in the bottle, it will gain much more in complexity.

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