2016 Catena Zapata 'White Stones' Chardonnay Mendoza

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Hands down, White Stones is the most celebrated and collectable Chardonnay coming out of South America – bar none! Extremely low yields, meticulous vineyard and cellar management and arguably the top vineyard site in Argentina – the Adrianna Vineyard where all of the top “cult” wines call home makes this wine a star. The Wine Advocate raves “It has a combination of mineral notes that transmit a serious sensation with hints of flowers, spices and herbs that show in a very subtle way. The palate is liquid chalk, with sharp and pungent flavors, nicely textured. It's precise, linear, long and sharp, with great length and persistence. It will be fascinating to see how this wine evolves in bottle, because I think we can have a big surprise in ten years from now”. Sounds like a review of a top Grand Cru Burgundy (and it drinks like one too!).

Varietal:
Chardonnay
Vintage:
2016
Aging:
12 to 16 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak
Appellation:
Mendoza
Vineyard:
Adrianna Vineyard
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Chardonnay
SKU #:
1039122
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Wine Advocate

My favorite of the Adrianna whites, the 2016 White Stones Chardonnay was cropped from a low-yielding, cool and wet year, very unusual weather in Mendoza. It's sharp, austere, mineral and long. No matter how impressed I was with the 2015 or the two vintages of the White Bones I tasted next to it, this stole the show. It has a combination of mineral notes that transmit a serious sensation with hints of flowers, spices and herbs that show in a very subtle way. The palate is liquid chalk, with sharp and pungent flavors, nicely textured. It's precise, linear, long and sharp, with great length and persistence. It will be fascinating to see how this wine evolves in bottle, because I think we can have a big surprise in ten years from now. 6,000 bottles produced.