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Vallisto, Criolla 2019


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    Criolla 100%

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    Calchaqui Valley

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    Francisco (Pancho) Lavaque

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This wine, which is typically light in colour due to the pinkish colouerd skins, has the potential to blow your mind. Or, at the very least, introduce you a completely "new" grape variety. It looks light but it packs a delicious punch with raunchy acidity and playful, quite pronounced tannins, almost like biting into a delicious red apple. The nose is lovely, almost exotic with charming floral notes, a subtle whiff of Turkish delight and ripe summer fruits.

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Francisco (Pancho) Lavaque is part of the Lavaque family, a well-known producer of wines from Cafayate in Salta in the far north of Argentina. His Vallisto wines ( a Vallisto is a person from the valley, fundamentally from the Cafayate Valley) exploit exceptional Criolla vines, first planted in 1898 and residing at an altitude of 2600m in the Calchaqui Valley. The Criolla Chica grape is more commonly seen in Chile (where it's known as Pais) but is well suited to the extreme conditions of the north of Argentina. Vallisto is about expressing the virtues of the unique terroirs in and around this beautiful, remote area of Argentina. It is also a rescue mission, giving voice to long-forgotten vineyards and lesser-known grape varieties, pulling together a youthful, dynamic approach to winemaking and the kind of natural resources that take millennia to form. Pancho and his team are creating exciting, rare gems, often from very old vines, and they are crafting modern, elegant wines that are light on extraction and big on flavour and complexity.

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