Rocamadre Criolla 2022

Rocamadre Criolla 2022

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Petite's notes: After Malbec, Criolla is Argentina's most common grape varietal. Typically relegated to making low quality white wines, it is given the spotlight it...

Petite's notes: After Malbec, Criolla is Argentina's most common grape varietal. Typically relegated to making low quality white wines, it is given the spotlight it deserves here. A three week maceration lends a red color and a hit of tannins and texture in the glass. Spice, accompanied by tart red fruits like cherry and cranberry. This drinks almost like a cross between Zweigelt and orange/pink Pinot Gris. 

Winery: Rocamadre labels are from an original numbered series of art works that were printed by artist Fábrica de Estampas

Winemaker: Juanfa Suarez and Cecilia Duran

Varietal: Criolla Chica this lighter skin grape is believed to be native to Argentina and looks very similar to Pinot Gris Criolla Grande dark-skinned Spanish variety also known as Listán Prieto in Spain, Mission in California and País in Chile

Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza

Soil: alluvial

Vinification/ Maturation: 80+ year old vineyard 3600 feet above sea level 10% whole bunches Fermentation with native yeast for 20 days. Maturation takes place in tanks and used barrels for 8 months 4 months in bottle before release. 

Tasting Notes: bright red fruit (think pie cherries & forest berries) minerality and spice with a great textural component