Catalina Ugarte - Pipeño 2022
Catalina Ugarte is a young winemaker blazing a thrilling new trail in one of Chile's most ancient winemaking regions, the Itata Valley. Catalina works with farmers in the Secano Interior region of the Valley, where she sources grapes from heirloom vineyards of well over 100+ years of age around the village of Ranquíl, located in the southern portion of the country. After gaining her wine experience in Italy and Spain, Catalina returned to her native Chile to craft exceptional representations of old-vine País and Cinsault. Her primary focus is the preservation and promotion of the indigenous grapes and ancient winemaking traditions of Chile, practicing minimal intervention and environmental sustainabiliy.
Catalina Ugarte's Pipeño is 100% País and a beautiful example of this native grape. Sourced from centenarian vines grown in salinic granite soils, the grapes are fermented whole-cluster, then aged for a year in the same stainless steel tanks, then bottled, unfined and unfiltered, with no addition of sulfur. The wine pours a brilliant ruby color displaying bright aromas of herb-tinged, crunchy red berry fruit and wildflowers. The palate is medium-bodied and velvety with juicy wild berry flavors. The supple finish is highlighted with notes of sage and white pepper. This red is unbelievably food-friendly, making it a great wine for tapas night. As a meal pairing, try this with peppercorn-crusted tuna or grilled chicken topped with caramelized onions and mushrooms.