La Marchigiana Criolla Chica - 2018 2018

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

About the Vineyard

La Marchigiana was Nicola Catena’s label, used in the oak barrels containing bulk winethat 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.

La Marchigiana stands for the women from Le Marche and that iswhy there is a woman harvesting and handing grapes to a man with a basket on the label.

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 hergreat-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”.

Wine Production

Extremely Limited Production-US Allocation

Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Criolla Chica
Prefermentation Technique
Cold maceration
Time on its skins
256 Days
Fermentation container
Clay Pots
Length of alcoholic fermentation
21 days
Fermentation temperature
68-72 °F
Malolactic fermentation
Partial
Fining agent
None
Type of aging container
Clay Pots
Length of aging before bottling
256 days
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.9 %
pH level
3.6
Residual sugar
1.8 g/L

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