Vallisto Criolla, Salta

Vallisto Criolla, Salta

A beguiling wine made from vines planted in 1898, still in Calchaquí Valley but just over the province border in Catamarca. For many generations, Criolla was known mainly as a grape for making basic ‘table wine' – it was first taken to Argentina by missionaries in the 16th century. Pancho Lavaque is part of a small group of young winemakers who recognise the fantastic potential of this grape. A wine that at first looks a little like Pinot Noir in the glass offers a very different experience altogether. Delicate, exotic notes of jasmine flowers and wild red fruits precede a palate with surprisingly robust tannins and forthright structure.

  • Type: Red
  • Country: Argentina
  • Region: Salta
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Primary grape: Criolla
  • Bottle size: 75cl
  • Code: 37468
  • Expression: Cherries