Catena La Marchigiana Criolla Chica (750ml)

  • Wine Type

    Red Wine

  • Size

    750ml

  • Country

    Argentina

  • Region

    Mendoza

  • Sub-Region

    Tupungato

  • Grape

    Criolla Chica

  • Food Pairing

    DuckMezzeTapas

La Marchigiana honors the natural and sulfite-free homemade wine legacy with this very limitied production.   In 1898, Nicola Catena arrived in Argentina from Le Marche, Italy, bringing with him the family tradition of creating natural wines, preserved only by their own tannins. It is a “naked wine”, in which only the grapes and terroir speak.  Once settled in Argentina, Nicola embraced the practice of fermenting wine in clay pots. Widely spread in the Cuyo region, this practice dates back to Colonial times where wine was made from Criolla grapes in amphoras and botijas.  

La Marchigiana was Nicola Catena’s label, used in the oak barrels containing bulk wine that were sent to Buenos Aires to be sold in the finest restaurants of that time. This label has been hanging at the winery and at Nicolás Catena Zapata’s office since Laura and Adrianna Catena were children.  The word “Marchigiana” refers to the women from Le Marche, Italy.  The style is early 20th century and the label says Bodega y Viñedos Nicolás Catena, because Nicola Catena was made to change his name to Nicolás when he became an Argentine citizen.  Laura observes that it was a smart idea to celebrate women harvesting since her great-grandfather’s wife, Ana Mosceta de Catena was also from Le Marche and loved her vines.  Because of this, Laura’s great- grandfather use to call her his “vine whisperer”

Tasting Notes

Attractive aromas of red fruits and flowers with a hint of forest herbs lingering in the background. Aromatic, with lots of fruit and freshness; this juicy red is light to medium bodied with with some mid-palate structure and is more serious than it first appears with some fine grained tannins.  Enjoy this unique red with Mediterranean inspired fare, mezze, tapas, pasta, pizza, meaty fish or fatty birds like duck and goose. 

Method

Made from 100% Criolla Chica, the same grape as the Mission grape of California or Pais in Chile.  Criolla Chica has a distinct pink skin and is used to make light red wines as well as rosé wine.  It is a hardy grape and flourishes in old age and needs almost no vineyard management to produce generous yields. The grape is disease resistant, grows deep roots and therefore does not require irrigation.  The grapes are cold macerated, fermented in clay pots and spend 256 days on the skins. Partial malolactic fermentation and no sulfites added.   

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