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2017 Familia Zuccardi Malbec 'concreto' Paraje Altamira Uco ValleyMalbec from Argentina

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"I’m an evangelist as much as a winemaker, says Sebastián Zuccardi (pictured above), staring out from the company’s new winery towards the Andes. ‘Winemaking isn’t just about s...

  • 96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 94 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 93 Wine Enthusiast
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96

"This is a unique wine for Mendoza with a cool-fruit and serious slate character. Undertones of dried herbs and bark. Full body, integrated fruit and tannins. Wet earth, too. Reminds me of the reds in Spain's Galicia, but so new in Argentina. Drink now but better in 2020."

94 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The aromatic expression of the 2017 Concreto Malbec is completely different from the 2016. This is a lot more open, floral and gentle, with a more polished and sleek palate with more integrated acidity. A wine of tremendous energy, it was kept in concrete all its life (hence the name) until it was bottled. 25,000 bottles were filled in December 2018, just before the next harvest.

Zuccardi keeps going from strength to strength and is doing incredible work in the vineyards. They have bought some 35 hectares of land in Gualtallary and are going to plant plots there. The wines keep reflecting the incredible R+D work they do. The Aluvional and Polígonos wines are not only superb, they also have an incredible price for the quality and character they deliver. And the top-of-the-range wines are better than ever, even in a challenging year like 2015. Zuccardi is clearly among the top wineries of the country—and improving each year. Bravo!"

93 Wine Enthusiast

"#10 Wine of the Year, Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2018!

Calm and pure blackberry and cassis aromas feed into an intense palate with freshness and rubbery tannins. While not loud, this goes heavy on the gas and features edgy dark-berry flavors. A rock-solid finish confirms the structure on this cement-fermented-and-aged Malbec from Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley. Drink through 2025."

Product Description:

"I’m an evangelist as much as a winemaker, says Sebastián Zuccardi (pictured above), staring out from the company’s new winery towards the Andes. ‘Winemaking isn’t just about science, however important that is. Things that aren’t proven still exist.’ You hesitate to use the word spiritual, but Zuccardi always seems to see a broader canvas in his quest to produce ‘Andean wines with a sense of place’.

Generational shifts are not always easy in family-owned wineries, but at Zuccardi the process has been very harmonious. Sebastián took over from his father, José, in 2009 after spending seven vintages working overseas. ‘I’ve never had a guru,’ he says. ‘I’ve been allowed to follow my own instincts.’ The result has been a remarkable transformation in the winery’s focus and fortunes, moving away from its traditional base in the heat of eastern Mendoza to the cooler Uco Valley.

Under his leadership, the Zuccardis have made a string of exceptional, terroir-driven wines..." --Tim Atkin, MW

"The 2017 harvest was characterized by exceptional health and quality with lower yields than on average. We achieved wines with great equilibrium. Each zone showed different expressions, with a great array of aromas. This will be a harvest to remember, with wines that have a great potential for aging. Malbec was able to show off its versatility and display different subtleties while responding positively to harvest dates.

Hails from Finca Piedra Infinita in the Paraje Altamira, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, at 1100 meeters (3,608 feet) above sea level! The Uco Valley at the foot of the Andes, Mendoza, is a cultivated oasis at the the highest altitude. In this privileged location, our vineyards benefit from its cold and dry climate and wide temperature range.

The combination of multiple microclimates, altitudes, types of soil and the care of the vineyard, results in multiple terroirs. Zuccardi has the challenge to interpret it faithfully to express their identity in the wine. wines expresses the essence of the soils and the extreme climate conditions and altitude in which are planted the vineyards. The growth and development of the Zuccardi range was leaded by Sebastián Zuccardi, who has as a premise to elaborate wines with identity trough the exploration of the terroir in the Uco Valley.

100 % Malbec from calcareous soils of Paraje Altamira, Valle de Uco. Whole cluster fermentation and storage in concrete vats, using indigenous yeasts and a 20 day maceration." --Winery

Product Detail

Item # 113189
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Sub-Region Mendoza
Ratings

96 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

94 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

93 - Wine Enthusiast

Vintage 2017
Color Red
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Malbec
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste pepper, earth, green, plum, mocha and currant
Nose spice, earth, currant and cherry