Catena Zapata White Stones Chardonnay 2018 - 750ml

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98pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The outstanding 2018 White Stones Chardonnay epitomizes the expression of the grape in the cooler-climate and high-altitude location of the Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary. There is rectitude, austerity and elegance, a subtle wine with great clout and intensity that comes through as chiseled, focused, symmetric and pure, more in the style of Roulot than Coche-Dury, with superb integration of all the elements and fine minerality. This is more about the place and vintage than the grape, which feels like a good way to transmit the chalky soils of the selected plots. Simply superb, possibly the finest vintage for this bottling so far.  Rating: 98+

98pts James Suckling

A very subtle yet intense White Stones on the nose with stone, bone, lemon-rind and dried-apple aromas that follow through to a full body that is very tight and closed, but shows a compact fruit structure of sliced mangoes and cooked apples. Vivid finish, turning to flamboyant minerality. In reserve still. Better in 2022.

96pts Decanter

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

Winemaker Notes

Delicate aroma with mineral notes and white flowers, in the mouth it is a wine of great elegance , with delicious flavors of jasmine and white peach , gently intertwined with a fresh mineral side. Wine lively and refreshing acidity with a long, lingering finish .

This wine pairs well with a variety of more full-flavored fish dishes especially shellfish like shrimp, crab, and lobster. For a special meal try this elegant Chardonnay with Grilled Langoustines with Beurre Blanc.