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Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2012

Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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15.4% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Deep red color. It expresses a great fruity character with notes of red fruit. A wine of grand structure and acidity. Mineral with notes of wet stone and graphite. Long finish.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Finca Piedra Infinita is from new vineyards in Altamira, a specific zone within La Consulta in the south of the Uco Valley, selected from a very calcareous zone with lots of chalky stones. It is the most mineral and serious wine I’ve tasted from Zuccardi, with big bones and a serious, balanced and subtle character that is elegant and sharp. The finish is long, vertical, vibrant and... well, mineral is the only word. Of course, this is a stylistic preference, but this is my favorite (and it also happened tasting the unoaked and unbottled 2013 blind). Around 2,500 bottles were produced as they really decide vine by vine which grapes go into this wine. A world class red. Bravo! Drink now-2025.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
This fruit-driven, minerally Malbec hails from the Altamira section of Mendoza's Uco Valley. Blueberry, cassis and stony aromas feed into a deep, pure palate with plenty to offer. Flavors of cassis, blackberry, peppercorn and exotic spices finish with moderate tannins and flavors of fig and black pepper.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
This is filled with dark chocolate and dried blackberry flavors that offer a rich, creamy texture. Shows good cut to the bramble and mineral notes, with an effusively spicy finish. Drink now through 2020. 75 cases made.
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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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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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