2011 Zuccardi Malbec Serie A

Year: 2011
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"The 2011 Serie A Malbec from La Consulta, Vista Flores and Agrelo is 70% aged in barrel. It is showing just a little over-ripeness on the nose, with saturated red cherry fruit laced with fresh fig and prune. The palate is ripe and chewy with licorice and graphite-infused black fruit and a long, powerful finish that is both silky and refined. The quality and bravura of the palate makes you forgive the over-enthusiasm on the nose. Drink now-2018.

Familia Zuccardi were one of the pioneers in terms of pursuing quality when others were satisfied with quantity and little else. Alberto Zuccardi began planting in Maipu in 1963 and five years later constructed their winery. Their son, Jose, joined in 1976 and under his direction throughout the 1980s and 1990s, they made a strategic decision to focus on high quality wines. They currently own 37 hectares in La Consulta, 55 hectares in Vista Flores, 90 hectares in Altamira, 180 hectares in Maipu and 475 hectares in Santa Rosa. There is an emphasis upon exploring their terroirs at Zuccardi, and Alberto’s eldest son, Sebastian, was happy to leap into a few pits to demonstrate the differences between several soil profiles.The wines themselves are impressive, both in terms of value at the bottom end and quality at the top. As they peel away and separate different terroirs in the future, they should be able to offer an ever more interesting portfolio." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The grapes were selected, destemmed and crushed. They underwent cold maceration for 7 days before classic vinification with selected yeast and fermented at 77°F (25-27°C). Then macerated for 20 days with daily remontage and delestage. 70% of the wine was aged in oak barrels for 10 months.

Intense and lively red purple color.

Intense red ripe fruit aromas such as prunes and cherries with black pepper and tobacco. Can also detect chocolate, cherry liqueur and spicy notes.

Soft and velvety entry, firm tannins with lovely juicy finish.