Zuccardi Q Malbec 2011
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Deep purple color, with bluish hues. Intense red and black fruits aromas, such as blackberries, cassis, and currant dried figs and blueberry jelly. French oak aging provides tobacco and chocolate hints. Soft and silky entry with great structure and firm, sweet tannins. Long finish.
Wine Spectator - "Concentrated and toasty, with layers of smoke, spice and licorice to the mulled plum, fig and blackberry fruit, supported by bright acidity and medium tannins."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright, full ruby-red. Rather bound-up nose hints at blackberry, bitter chocolate and violet. Then round and broad on the palate, with dark berry, violet, oak and herb flavors showing little in the way of easy sweetness. Still a bit youthfully aggressive today, finishing with plenty of dusty tannins and lingering saline, herb and menthol notes."
José Zuccardi of Familia Zuccardi Vineyards is in the forefront of the Argentinean wine revolution, producing well-made wines that appeal to the international market in a country that until recently made wine which never left the country. View all Zuccardi Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.