About the Wine
This wine comes from Finca Piedra Infinita located in the Paraje de Altamira in La Consulta, where the Zuccardi family is a pioneer; they arrived when there were no other vines planted. Little by little, they have shown through their wines the greatness of Altamira’s terroir. Sebastian Zuccardi says: “We got there by intuition, driven by the landscape. Cultivating this vineyard implies studying, working, and knowing each row, and each stone. Exploring its enormous diversity to be able to interpret it through wine. An authentic mountain wine ”.
The surname Zuccardi has a well-deserved reputation in the wine industry worldwide. This family is not only responsible for producing some of the best Argentinian wines, but they also have the best wine tourism experience in the entire world: For the third consecutive year, Zuccardi Valle de Uco has been named "The Best Vineyard in the World" by the recognized magazine and digital media company, William Reed Business Medi.
This family business founded by engineer Alberto Zuccardi in 1963, has 6 different estates strategically placed in some of the best wine-growing areas of Mendoza. Today, it is directed by Sebastián Zuccardi, Alberto's grandson.
Sebastián is a visionary and innovative agronomist and winemaker who has made great strides and improvements since he took over the winery. Among other important achievements, he started and promoted a department of research and development that studies the terroir of the region, in order to better understand the land and improve the quality of their wines. Sebastian says: "We don’t look for perfect wines, but those that express the place, the region”.
The winery was built in 2013 and is a tribute to the majestic Andes mountains that surround it. Zuccardi Wines is sustainable in all aspects, from the vineyard to the cellar and even the architecture, where the construction is made with natural elements from the area. The wines are vinified in basins and amphoras allowing a more natural result and with the least possible human intervention.
José Zuccardi Malbec marks the evolution from Zuccardi Zeta while maintaining a traditional style that respects the wine's identity dating back to the initial Zeta harvest in 2002. This wine embodies José Alberto's pursuit of excellence and unwavering commitment.
Tasting Notes: 90% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a red color with purple highlights. This wine showcases a strong herbal character with hints of red fruits. When tasted, it lingers on the palate and has a unique mineral texture. It's a wine with a robust structure and refreshing acidity.
Aromas of dark berries with licorice and asphalt, as well as black cherries. Pretty clear to the nose. Full-bodied, yet tight and very reserved with ultra-fine tannins that integrate beautifully into the body of the wine. Flavorful and polished. Fermented in concrete and aged for more than a year in casks. Try after 2023. ~95 James Suckling
José Zuccardi is a tribute to the son of the winery's founders who, during the 90s and 2000s, was in charge of internationalizing the Zuccardi winery and positioning it in the world market. This is 90% malbec from Altamira and Gualtallary, plus 10% cabernet sauvignon from Gualtallary. From the first 2013 harvest to this one there is a very important change in terms of fruit freshness (a very cold year has helped here) and also in terms of structure, with finer tannins and much sharper acidity. A delicious and nervous wine. ~94 Descorchados
Explosively fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and plum tart are creamy and filled with rich savory and cooking spice accents. Powerfully structured, showing dark chocolate and mocha on the finish, with hints of dried mint. Drink now through 2025. 5,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported. ~94 Wine Spectator
The 2016 José Zuccardi was produced with grapes (90% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) from Altamira and Gualtallary in the Valle de Uco. This is the continuation of the old Z bottling, but here the wine is aged mostly in 2,500-liter oak vats rather than in smaller barriques. There are herbal notes reminiscent of green tea leaves, spices and berries. The palate is serious and has chalky tannins, as they select grapes from places in the Valle de Uco that have limestone soils. It seems like they have found the way ahead for this wine in 2016; it's fine, precise and elegant. ~94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
~93 Tim Atkin, Master of Wine
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