Vallisto, Criolla 2019



Criolla vines are thought to have been taken to the Americas as long ago as the 16th Century by missionary settlers (there is a variant in California known as Mission). The name Criolla actually refers to a group of vine species, and best known are Criolla Grande and Criolla Chica. This is Criolla Chica, one of the parents of Argentina’s own Torrontés variety in its various forms. This wine, which is typically light in colour due to the pinkish coloured skins, packs a punch with acidity and pronounced tannins, almost like biting into a delicious red apple and is made by Francisco (Pancho) Lavaque. On the nose the wine has floral notes, a hint of Turkish delight and ripe summer fruits. The grapes are grown at 2,600m on a vineyard planted in 1898, (actually in the province of Catamarca rather than Salta but still in the Calchaqui Valley region).


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