Zuccardi Emma Bonarda 2013
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The 2013 Emma Zuccardi Bonarda is 50% grapes from Altamira, 40% from a 1,400-meter altitude parcel planted in 1992 in San José in Tupungato and the rest from the traditional, old pergola in Santa Rosa. It's all fermented in concrete with only 5% of the wine going into used oak barrels. Quite dark-colored, it has earthy aromas and a clear Bonarda rusticity (tree bark). What is different here is the electric freshness in the palate. With a little bit of time it even develops flowery aromas and turns a lot more elegant. This is an unbelievable elegant Bonarda.
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.
By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.
For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.