Riccitelli Vino de Finca Malbec 2016

  • 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.
  • There are several projects under the Riccitelli name. Almost all are single vineyard driven, showcasing special heirloom vineyards, unique terroir and micro climates found in Mendoza and Patagonia.
  • Ungrafted vines planted in El Cepillo, (Uco Valley). Finca la Trinidad.
  • Vines farmed to only .6 tons an acre.
  • Grown on rocky, calcareous soils grown in a cool, mountain-high climate

Vintage: 2016 | Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Origin: Argentina | Appellation:  El Cepillo, Uco Valley
Elaboration: Hand harvested and organically farmed. 30% whole cluster, 70% destemmed. Delivered via gravity to square concrete vessels for fermentation with indigenous yeast. Held on its skins until the cap sinks into the wine. It is then drained and gently pressed off into French oak barrels for 16 months. Potential aging: At least 10 years.
Winemaker: Matias Riccitelli


Complex and expressive Malbec. In the nose it presents plenty of mineral notes, complemented by red and black fruit aromas. On the palate, it is juicy, broad and fresh with soft tannins and a complex persistent finish.

“Part of the new single-vineyard range, the 2016 Vino de El Cepillo Finca La Trinidad comes from a plot in the limit between El Cepillo and El Indio in the San Carlos department, a very cold place (not because of altitude, but the place per se), and 2016 was a very cold year too. So, the wine is extremely floral, with very good aromatic intensity, very balanced and harmonious, with very fine tannins and great freshness.” – Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate.


Production:  1000 cases | Alcohol: 13.5% | TA:  6.4 g/l | RS:  1.8 g/l | pH:  3.5


2016 – 94 Points, Wine Advocate
2016 – 94 Points, Patricio Tapia


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