2018 Zuccardi Poligonos San Pablo Cabernet Franc

Year: 2018
Appellation: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 93+
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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2020 Top 100 Wine Enthusiast: #58

"As the wines from San Pablo tend to be, the 2018 Polígonos San Pablo Cabernet Franc is austere and sharp, with less ripeness and alcohol than the others. This is only 13% alcohol despite the fact that it's harvested later than any other regions (it's one of the last grapes harvested in the winery). It's vibrant, varietal, herbal and fresh, serious and dry, with a long finish. It matured in a 2,500-liter oak foudre. 3,000 bottles were filled in February 2019.

Zuccardi keeps working the origin of their wines, aiming to show the place in their wines while looking for balance. They're also simplifying things, doing less in the winery and more in the vineyards.

I tasted 2016, a cool and wet year when they learned a lot: the wines have less alcohol and are better in the Valle de Uco than in the classical zone of Mendoza. For Zuccardi, it might be their finest vintage to date, where the top of the range really excels; the Finca Piedra Infinita really blew me away. 2017 was warmer and, together with 2016, very low yielding. 2018 was cooler than 2017; the wines are fresher, and it's a more homogeneous year. Most people talk about a classical Mendoza vintage. I didn't taste anything from the 2019 vintage, which was dry and cool (with temperatures almost as cold as 2016)—something unusual, as the vintages tend to be warm and dry or cold and wet. So, let's wait for the 2019s, but in the meantime, there are some exceptional wines in the current offering. " (WA)

"This is a bright and vivid red with blueberries, fresh flowers and hints of fresh herbs, such as basil. Medium-bodied, refined and easy with lovely fruit and crispness. Drink now." (JS)

"This racy Cabernet Franc from winemaker Sebastián Zuccardi is made entirely in concrete. Plum and berry tones are full and fresh on the nose and palate, while flavors of black fruit, herbs, tea and tomato linger on the smooth finish. Drink through 2024. -Michael Schachner " (WE)

Winery Notes:
Polígonos of the Uco Valley is a selection that expresses the particular characteristics of different terroirs within the Valley. These are wines from a selection of vineyards that account for the differences in altitude, soil, and climate that currently characterize the subregions of Uco Valley. Expresses a great herbal character with notes of fresh red fruits. Lively acidity and subtlety of tannins in the mouth.