Zuccardi Malbec "Aluvional - Paraje Altamira" 2014
(Valle de Uco, Mendoza) - [RP 93] [AG 92+] [WE 90]
Regular price $95.00 Sale price $89.97 Save $5.03
Notes from the Winemaker:
Double sorting table: first selection of bunches, second selection of grapes after destemming. Soft crushing of berries. Concrete vats filled by gravity using small containers of 500 kg. Fermentation with selected indigenous yeast. 23 days skin maceration with daily delestage and pigeage processes. Aged in medium toasted French barrels, during 12 months. Malolactic fermentation completed on barrels. Final blend made after tasting and selecting the best barrels, and before bottling. Bottled without being filtered.
Deep red color with violet hues. It expresses a complex fruit character with notes of strawberry, cherry, plum complemented by fresh herbal and floral notes. Great mineral character with wet stone and graphite notes.
The palate has a silky entry, juicy, with a lively acidity, great structured tannins with a long finish.
Ratings & Reviews
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"There are only two bottlings from the Aluvional range in 2014, as SebastiÃ¡n Zuccardi felt in that vintage the deeper soils lost some of the tension he's aiming for. One of them is the 2014 Aluvional Altamira. Some 30% to 50% full clusters were used for the fermentation, with only half of the wine in oak. The nose shows black fruit and some herbs, with a spicy touch. The palate shows more restraint and the expression of the stony soils, with a core of limestone balancing the roundness of the fruit and coming through as mineral and with a salty finish. 13,000 bottles produced." - Luis GutiÃ©rrez (30th Dec 2016)
92+ Points - Vinous:
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
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