2015 Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Malbec

Year: 2015
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 98
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 97
Tim Atkin: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$119.95

ONE SHIPMENT OF 18 BOTTLES, TALK ABOUT RARE!!

"Lively acidity and minerality are matched to finely crafted flavors of red plum, currant and raspberry in this pure-tasting style. Shows a white pepper hint on the finish. Malbec. Drink now through 2023. 500 cases made, 100 cases imported. -KM" (WS)

"As with the whole collection of 2015s from the high end, the single-vineyard 2015 Finca Piedra Infinita reveals a gobsmacking selection from shallow soils that produce super austere Malbec wines with reticent noses, with more influence from the vinification with full clusters and less oak than ever. The palate shows marked influence from the limestone soils. As I've seen in some of these top reds from Argentina, this is not about the variety at all, it's about the soils. And in this case, the wine even seems to transcend the vintage character, as their work has gained so much in precision that the wines are better every year. Where will the limit be? 2015 was not an easy year, yet the wine is better than ever. With time in the glass, the aromas that emerge are more about the herbs in the countryside than fruit-rockrose, thyme, etc. It has to be the finest wine I have ever tasted from Zuccardi. Beautiful. But 2016 should be coming next... 5,000 bottles were filled in December 2016.

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!" (WA)

"(this wine represents a blend of ten different soils from this property; fermented in concrete, then aged in 80% concrete and 20% used barriques): Bright ruby-red. Sappy, highly complex aromas of currant, plum and tobacco are complicated by a suggestion of soil. A wine of compelling richness and sweetness as well as superb inner-mouth lift, with urgent crushed boysenberry and blackberry fruit flavors accented by a violet note. Wonderfully suave wine with an impression of weightlessness. Finishes broad and unflagging, with fine-grained tannins reaching the front teeth. There's a lingering salinity here from the shallow rocky, chalky soil. Splendid!" (VM)

"This is so intense and pure in every sense of the words. Crushed stones, blackberries and blueberries. Oyster shell and iodine, too. Full-bodied, tight and layered with a focused austerity, which gives the wine greatness. Drink in 2020 but already a classic." (JS)

"This used to be the top Malbec at Zuccardi, but there are now two further Piedra Infinita bottlings above it. It’s a pure, chiselled Malbec that was fermented with 50% whole bunches and aged in 20% older wood. Sappy and saline, with aromatic spices, layers of dark fruit and a mineral finish. 2020-30." (TA)