2018 Zuccardi Torrontes Serie A

Year: 2018
Appellation: Salta
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$10.95
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AN EXTREME VALUE!!- STEVE

"I tasted two vintages of the Torrontés from the varietal bottlings of the Argentinian varieties, including the 2018 Torrontés Serie A, produced with grapes from old vines in Salta (Tolombón). This fermented in Salta and was then transported to Mendoza, where the wine matured in contact with its fine lees in stainless steel for four months. 80,000 bottles produced.

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 shows beautiful aromas of dried lemons and spice with nutmeg and limes. Grapefruit, as well. Full-bodied yet fresh and lively with a lovely white-grapefruit aftertaste. Lemony, too. Drink now." (JS)