José Zuccardi Malbec, Valle De Uco, Mendoza
A blend of two grapes; Malbec and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, from two sites in the Uco Valley. The Malbec comes from Paraje Altamira and the Cabernet from Gualtallary both sites soaring over 1000m above sea level.
The concrete vats are filled via a gravity fed system where the juice is fermented with indigenous yeasts. Made to be more round and traditional in style, the José Zuccardi pays tribute winemaker Sebastián’s father.
Medium ruby-red. Musky scents of currant, black raspberry, tobacco leaf, violet, liquorice and fresh herbs. Juicy, intense and quite suave, with refreshing bright acidity framing and lifting the ripe, generous currant, blackberry, liquorice, spice and herb flavours. Very sophisticated, pliant, dry-but-ripe wine with fine-grained, palate-saturating tannins and slowly mounting spicy persistence. This goes on and on in the mouth. A compellingly dense beauty.
93 points, Vinous (July 2017)
There is a new Malbec, the 2013 José Zuccardi, produced with grapes from different locations in the Valle de Uco that fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in a combination of cement vats and oak foudres. This is really the evolution of the old Zeta, the only wine that remains a blend of different places in the range, all from limestone-rich places. It is a blend of Altamira and Gualtallary in this first vintage, but in the future it will also contain fruit from San Pablo. It has 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and in the future it might end up being a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This was matured in foudre, so it has a rounder, more traditional style as an homage to José Alberto Zuccardi, father of Sebastián. The Cabernet seems to provide good freshness to the blend, and you clearly notice the chalky texture, the austere and dry sensation of the limestone tannins.
93 points, Wine Advocate (December 2016)
A juicy red with plum, dark-berry and dark-chocolate character. Full body, a tight and focused center palate and a flavorful finish.
92 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2017)
Suave and finely textured, with an engaging minerality to the dark plum, red currant and dried blackberry flavors, supported by firm tannins and acidity. The savory finish has hints of pepper and plenty of cedary spice accents.
92 points, Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (December 2017)