Wine Advocate 94 points - The 2012 White Stones Chardonnay is also sourced from the Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary. The grapes were harvested at five different points in time, and the wine is an outstanding blending exercise. There is more ripeness here and more balsamic aromas, even a minty note that is a little exotic. Despite the ripeness of the vintage the palate is more austere, linear and very tasty. 1,600 bottles produced.
Wine Spectator 90 points - Tightly wound, this has plenty of engaging minty notes to the white cherry and dried raspberry flavors. Cream and spice details show on the minerally finish. A distinctive style that needs some time in the bottle. Best from 2017 through 2021. 120 cases imported.
(Nov 30 2015)
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.
|Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyard management team have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza, Argentina. Nicolás Catena has planted an almost countless number of varietals and clones throughout his mountain vineyard sites.
This quest for quality lead Nicolás and Laura Catena to a crucial discovery regarding the influence of altitude on grape cultivation in Mendoza. Observing the important differences in soil types, average temperatures and thermal amplitudes that exist at varying altitudes, he found that vineyard sites which are just a few kilometers apart can have vast differences in altitude and possess remarkably different microclimates.
Over the years, the in depth study of these different microclimates led Nicolás to determine that the same varietal, and even the same clone, presented distinct aromatic and flavor profiles when cultivated in each of these unique microclimates. Implementing the age old art of assemblage, he found that by blending these different lots of the same varietal, he could achieve a more complex wine.