- Residual Sugar: 2 g/l
- Medium Bodied
- 14% alc./vol
About the Winery
Matías RiccitelliMatías Riccitelli was born in Cafayete, Salta. He identifies as a traveler and a tireless dreamer. After countless harvests throughout the world, he decided to combine everything he has learned and dedicate himself to exploring the excellent terroirs of Mendoza and the teachings of his mentor, and father, Jorge Riccitelli.
Matías started his boutique winery in 2009, located in Las Compuertas at 1100 meters above sea level. It is the highest area of Lujan de Cuyo, and here he tends 20 hectares of ungrafted old vineyards. Matías also works with small, independent growers that own their lands at the bottom of the Andes halfway between 1000 and 1700 meters above sea level - in Gualtallary, Chacayes, Altamira and La Carrera.
All harvests are conducted by hand and fermentation takes place in small concrete vats and concrete eggs. Purity and delicacy in winemaking are prized by Matías and great care is taken in preserving the fruit’s singularity in order to obtain vibrant wines.
2018 was not that different from 2017 in terms of temperature, but it was a little warmer than 2019. The red 2018 Tinto de la Casa was produced with Malbec - 50/50 grapes from Las Compuertas and Gualtallary, fermented together with some full clusters in oak vats. It has an explosive and aromatic nose with notes of flowers and herbs. The flavors are pungent and focused, with very integrated oak but with some spices, with fine-grained tannins, good complexity and depth. This is quite sophisticated and feels like a more expensive wine than it is. A bargain! Drink date: 2019-2023.
93 points - David Lawrason
This is an ambitious, highly successful malbec comprised of grapes from two different regions - Gualtallary a high point in the Uco Valley and Compuertas, likewise from old vines in Lujan dy Cuyo - that were co-fermented and aged in French oak for 12 months. It is very impressive - deeply coloured, with very ripe blackberry/mulberry fruit, violets, fresh thyme and fine spice. It is full bodied and dense but attenuated by fine acidity and great tannin structure and minerality. It all suggests a very long life. The length is excellent. Tasted August 2021