Matias Riccitelli The Party Malbec 2018
Winemaker Matías Riccitelli is the son of legendary Argentine winemaker, Jorge Riccitelli, who made the wines at Catena for many decades. A breakout star from a young age, Matías was born in Cafayate, Salta, a small village in northern Argentina where winemaking is an omnipresent trade and way of life. He grew up between Cafayate and Mendoza, studying and working with his dad, who was his winemaking mentor. From there, he went on to travel much of the wine world, learning along the way, and returned to Mendoza to serve as chief winemaker for two of Argentina’s top wineries, Fabre Montmayou and Bodega Norton.
Matías Riccitelli 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.
Made of 100% Malbec from Uco Valley, the grapes harvested by hand into small cases around 20 kg to ensure the integrity of each bunch. Whole-bunch fermentation in open tanks, crushed by foot twice a day; aged in concrete vats for 8 months. In a short space of time, the Uco Valley has become the most exciting wine region in Argentina and one of the most talked about in the southern hemisphere. The valley runs north to south and is 70km long and 40km wide. To the south, it is bounded by desert, although cold winds come up from as far away as Patagonia, and to the north by hills or “cerillos” at 1,400m or higher. The east of the valley runs into a series of gorges and dry riverbeds.
|Region||Argentina, Uco Valley, Lujan de Cuyo|
Bottle ShopThis Malbec is just so delicious...it smells and tastes like a bowl of fresh, ripe raspberries, cherries and blackberries with a luscious, round mouthfeel, bright, balanced acidity and long, plush finish. Added complexities of licorice, rocky sand and purple flowers dance on the palate. And having a name like 'The Party' with its artsy, festive label only enhances what we loved about the inside the bottle... special juice here.
Wine AdvocateThe pure Malbec 2019 The Party fermented in lagar with full clusters, then finished fermentation in concrete where it matured for some six months without touching any oak. It's a very drinkable Malbec, with aromatic intensity, good ripeness and with the freshness of the vineyards from the Valle de Uco from where the grapes are sourced. It has fine tannins and a tender mouthfeel, dry and serious but approachable. 20,000 bottles produced. 2019 was a nice year to produce this kind of Malbec, easy to drink but with complexity and freshness.