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Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira Malbec 2013

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Winemaker Notes

Deep red and violet hues. Complex fruit character with notes of strawberry, cherry, and plum, complemented by fresh herbal and floral notes. The palate has a silky entry with a lively acidity, great structured tannins, and a long finish.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A wine that always shows backward and closed early on, but then has a great aging potential is the 2013 Aluvional Altamira. This is a blend of Malbec from different plots of vineyards in Altamira, one of the zones of the Uco Valley with more calcium carbonate content in the soil that provides the wine an earthy, chalky minerality plus very fine-grained tannins and a suppleness that is almost salty. The nose is a mixture of aromatic herbs, violets, blueberries and blood oranges (a fresh sensation, almost citric, but somehow red fruit-driven). Precision, austerity and subtleness, with great inner strength. These wines feel light, but they are powerful and concentrated, more than you might think so. It certainly has the stuffing and balance to develop nicely in bottle.
JS 94
James Suckling
Exuberant aromas of blackberries, blueberries and flowers follow through to a full body, firm and lightly chewy tannins and a slate, stone aftertaste. Solid.
D 93
Decanter
Zuccardi needs no introduction to wine lovers. The pinnacle of its range, the micro-plot Finca Piedra Infinita, is one of Argentina's best wines, and the Aluvional series of five Malbecs are up there too. Here in Altamira, at 1,100m altitude, limestone gravel imparts a chalky, mineral elegance to the palate, along with pure red berry fruit and appealing herbal notes. It has a beautiful, mouthwatering acidity and a lingering finish. No new oak used, just old barrels and concrete vats. Drinking Window 2018 - 2026
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Familia Zuccardi Vineyards

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Familia Zuccardi Vineyards, South America
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A few years before 1950, Ing. Alberto Zuccardi reaches Mendoza from his homeland in Tucuman where their great-grandparents had settled upon arriving in the Italian region of AveIino. In 1963, Alberto implanted a vineyard in the region of Maipu not knowing that it would begin the great passion of his life, the wine industry. In 1990, his son, Jose Alberto Zuccardi, assumed the General Director of the company.

In 2005, Sebastian Zuccardi, third generation of the family, lead the development of the new stage of the wines of the winery expansion into the Uco Valley. On his initiative, since 2008 the winery has an area of Research and Development dedicated to the study of the terroir and the different variables that affect wine production. In 2013 the construction of the new Zuccardi winery in the Uco Valley began. It opened in March 2016 with the premise of producing wines with identity, through the continuous exploration of the different terroirs of the Uco Valley.

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Uco Valley

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With a winning combination of cool weather, high elevation and well-draining alluvial soils, it is no surprise that Mendoza’s Uco Valley is one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in Argentina. Healthy, easy-to-manage vines produce low yields of high-quality fruit, which in turn create flavorful, full-bodied wines with generous acidity.

This is the source of some of the best Malbec in Mendoza, which can range from value-priced to ultra-premium. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay also perform well here.

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Malbec

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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originated in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it continued to flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. A French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. But it did not gain its current reputation as the country's national grape until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century.

In the Glass

Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of blackberry, plum and licorice, appropriately backed by aromas of freshly turned earth and dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, Malbec will be intensely ripe, and full of fruit and spice. From its homeland in Cahors, its rusticity shines; dusty notes and a beguiling bouquet of violets balance rich, black fruit.

Perfect Parings

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secret

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

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