ARGENTINA | MENDOZA | MOSQUITA MUERTA
ABOUT MOSQUITA MUERTA WINES
José Millán’s “Mosquita Muerta Wines” project starts in 2010 at the family's Los Toneles winery in Mendoza city to produce the very best blends Mendoza can yield. To accomplish this, a careful selection of different parcels was made from the family’s 800+ hectares of vineyards in the most important wine areas of Mendoza's Uco Valley, such as Gualtallary, Vista Flores, El Manzano, Chacayes and La Consulta. The Millán family also owns vineyards in Luján de Cuyo - Maipú (Malbec’s first region), specifically in Perdriel, Barrancas and Agrelo.
Winemaker Bernardo Bossi (formerly with Catena Zapata) uses multiples fermentation and aging techniques to deliver stunning hand-crafted wines, including temperature-control cement and stainless steel tanks, concrete egg-shaped 2,000L vats, 225L and 500L French oak casks. Each varietal undergoes a separate fermentation and aging process before they are blended for additional time in oak barrels to maximize integration and finesse.
"Mosquita Muerta" is an expression in Spanish used to describe a person (male or female) with little potential for success who ends up accomplishing a remarkable feat. Jose Millán chose this name for his project to mock those in the region who doubted his potential as a wine industry entrepreneur.
"Sapo de Otro Pozo" is another Spanish expression that translates to "frog from another well" and is commonly used to refer to someone who doesn't fit in, an outsider.
"Perro Callejero" is Spanish for "stray dog", an astute untamed animal that relies on his perseverance and his sense of smell to succeed.
"Cordero con Piel de Lobo" translates to "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing", the opposite of the traditional English idiom "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing", in this case, used to transmit positive deception instead of negative.
70% of Mosquita Muerta's production is sold in Buenos Aires, where the wines have become an overnight success among Argentine wine connoisseurs.
ABOUT VALLE DE UCO
Although considered part of the Mendoza region, the Uco Valley can be recognized in its own right on several counts. Among its specific merits is its higher-altitude location at the foot of the Andes mountains which benefits from high daytime temperatures dropping at night to produce balanced sugars and acidity with proper ripeness. The soils are alluvial featuring a clay and rock base with a stony, sandy surface. These free-draining soils are excellent for quality viticulture as they stress the vines, leading to decreased vigor and lower yields, and consequently wines with a higher concentration of flavor.