Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2017


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“The concept of the 2017 José Zuccardi has been varying through the years. It comes from a wine called Zuccardi Z, and it’s a pure Malbec from different regions in the Valle de Uco (today, Altamira and Gualtallary) with limestone soils. It has a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon (only 5% to 10%), which is not mentioned on the label, and is now matured in foudre for two years. The blend and long aging are consistent with the more traditional practices. This time I noticed the minty and balsamic notes from the Cabernet, a hint of camphor, perhaps from the conditions of the vintage and the élevage. It’s medium to full-bodied with fine-grained tannins and a remarkable finish where the chalky texture is more noticeable. 43,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2019. Drink: 2021-2026. 93 points

Aluvional is Zuccardi’s village range, Altamira is the “paraje” or zone/quarter within the village, something larger than a vineyard, and then there is the single-vineyard range, being more precise in the origin of the grape as you go up in the hierarchy, a little in the Burgundy style. But in the single-vineyard Finca Piedra Infinita, they also have plots, Supercal and Gravascal, like the lieux-dits in a crus. They even use “lugar dicho,” which is the Spanish translation for “lieu-dit.” 2017 was a warmer year and they harvested very quickly and were guided by the soil differentiation. Some wines can be as fresh as in 2018! 2018 is closed, a young vintage with a sharp and austere profile.”

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (03/21)