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Zuccardi Amphora Malbec 2018

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750ML / 14% ABV
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The Zuccardi Amphora Project is a special, limited edition wine from the same vineyard as the Wine Advocate100 Point rated 2016 Finca Piedra Infinita, from the high altitude Paraje Altamira appellation in the Uco Valley of Mendoza. 100% Malbec grown in the unique rocky soils at the foothills of the Andes Mountains where the bunches ripen slowly developing great complexity and acidity that enables the wine to age gracefully for many years. After precise hand-picking, the wine was fermented with native yeasts and then aged entirely in concrete amphoras made from the rocks of the vineyards surrounding Zuccardi’s winery.

Intense dark red color with violet hues. This wine expresses layered earth and herbal characters interwoven with flavors of juicy raspberry and black cherry. Full-bodied and smooth with a long finish and a distinctive mineral texture that translates the texture of the unique soils of the vineyard. A wine of great structure and balance.

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COMMENTARY: The Amphora Project Malbec 2018 by Zuccardi is a wine in a class of its own. Not merely another fancy wine from a world-class producer, but an opportunity for the best grapes to speak its own words. The winery listened and let the wine make itself without winemaker intervention. The result is a magnificent wine. TASTING NOTES: This wine stands out with its excellent aromas and flavors of red and black fruits, earth, and chalk. Enjoy this wine with a slow, rotisserie-roasted, rosemary, and garlic-infused leg of lamb. Save a little in the glass and serve it with an aged Parmigiano-Reggiano. (Tasted: June 24, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
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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.

The Zuccardi family’s approach to sustainability starts with the environment and people before any product. They’re dedicated to producing the highest quality wines through sustainable practices such as a focus on nurturing biodiversity, organic farming, efficient irrigation practices, composting, water treatment, comprehensive waste and recycling efforts, and the use of solar energy. The winery itself is designed to be naturally energy efficient by maximizing natural light and minimizing electricity consumption. Its concrete walls fulfill the function of a thermal insulator, the movements of liquid are caused by gravity and the concrete-designed vessels allow for a natural control of the temperature of the wine. As a third generation family-owned winery, the Zuccardi’s take seriously their responsibility to protect the environment, support the land, the farmers and uplift the local community. Through building schools, offering free education, fostering equality, banning child labor, and subsidizing health care, they’re not only elevating their wines and the Uco Valley as a world class wine region, but also giving the people who have contributed to their success a path forward and upward mobility for their own families.

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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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Celebrated for its bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec has enjoyed runaway success in Argentina since the late 20th century. The grape originated in Bordeaux, France, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. A French agronomist, who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. Somm Secret—If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet with its combination of dense fruit and soft tannins.

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