Cara Sur 2022 Criolla Chica (Pais), Barreal

Item Number: 19498

UPC: None

Country: Argentina
Region: San Juan
Sub Region: Calingasta Valley
Appellation/AVA: Barreal
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Finca Maggio
Vintage: 2022
Grape(s): Criolla Chica (Pais)
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.1
Soil Type: Alluvial
Elevation: 4,920

Vineyard Notes: Grapes come from 1 acre in the Finca Maggio vineyard, planted in 1930, in Barreal in the region of San Juan. Vines are trained to pergola (or parral as it's called locally). The vineyard is located at 4,920 feet above sea level and the soils are alluvial.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are harvested by hand and fermented with native yeasts with 30% whole clusters. The wine ages for 8 months on its lees in concrete before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (11/30/2022)

    The 2022 Criolla was produced with Criolla Chica, or Listán Prieto, grapes from three vineyards that fermented and matured separately in 2,000- and 3,000-liter concrete vats for eight months. It's a pale, aromatic and light red, expressive, clean and floral with a medium-bodied, elegant palate with finesse and an ethereal quality, with some grip from the very fine tannins that also give it a dry, chalky finish. It has moderate alcohol, 13%, and ripeness with very good freshness, acidity and especially balance.