Catena Zapata, Luján De Cuyo White Clay Semillon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2020 through Merchant of Wine.

Catena Zapata "White Clay" Semillon & Chenin, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2020

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Overview of the Wine
Great wines begin in the vineyard. Our vision is to make rich and unforgettable wines that are true to the special place they come from. The story of Catena is the story of Argentine wine.

Founded in 1902, Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and in discovering extreme high altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza.

Over the years, Nicolás Catena Zapata discovered the influence altitude has on fruit quality. As one climbs the altitudes of the Andes the average temperature decreases and the amplitude between day and night temperatures increases.

This environment provides the ideal climate for grape maturation. Each of the Catena Zapata family vineyards is divided into parcels according to their soil composition. These parcels are farmed individually, with an eye on encouraging their most authentic fruit expression.

Grape / Blend
60% Semillón and 40% Chenin Blanc

Origin
Mendoza, Argentina

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Catena Appellation Luján de Cuyo White Clay is deeply aromatic with expressive citrus and peach, minerality, and a rich finish.

92 Points - James Suckling  
Peach-skin, apricot, dried-lime and flint aromas. It’s medium-to full-bodied with sharp acidity that cuts through creamy layers of ripe fruit. Intense, mineral and smoky finish. Semillon and chenin. Drink or hold.

92 Points - Vinous 
The 2020 Catena Appellation White Clay Lujan de Cuyo is a blend of 60% Sémillon and 40% Chenin Blanc from Luján de Cuyo that spent up to eight months in French barrels. Yellow with a golden sheen. The nose is dominated by white flowers, honey and the aging process. In the mouth, this is voluminous with mild freshness and a creamy, compact, terse feel followed by a long, oaky finish.

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The white blend 2020 Appellation Luján de Cuyo White Clay was produced with 60% Semillon and 40% Chenin Blanc from white clay soils, as the name points out. The grapes were harvested quite early and then fermented in stainless steel, managing to keep the alcohol to 13.5% in this warm and dry year. It's balsamic and medicinal, with notes of yellow fruit and some spicy smokiness, as 35% of the wine matured in new barrels for seven to eight months. It's soft and creamy without excess, combining volume and tasty flavors and a bitter twist in the finish. 30,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2020.


Product size: 750ml

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