Zuccardi Malbec "Aluvional - Paraje Altamira" 2014 (Valle de Uco, Mendoza) - [RP 93] [AG 92+] [WE 90]

Zuccardi Malbec "Aluvional - Paraje Altamira" 2014
(Valle de Uco, Mendoza) - [RP 93] [AG 92+] [WE 90]

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RP93 AG92+ WE90
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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.

100% Malbec

Tasting Notes

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 Sebastián 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 Gutiérrez (30th Dec 2016)

92+ Points - Vinous:
"Full ruby-red. Rather wild scents of musky blackberry, kirsch, crushed rock, licorice pastille, violet and orange peel. Extremely juicy, primary and bound-up, even a bit youthfully imploded. Seems higher-pitched than the 2015 version, and a touch floral, but no closer to drinking today even though it's currently revealing more vibrant fruit. The very dry, savory finish features serious tongue- and tooth-dusting tannins and subtle rising length. Lay this penetrating, slightly unyielding Malbec down for at least another three years, as it needs time to expand. " Stephen Tanzer - (Jul 2018)

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Intense aromas of iodine and dried blood mix with pointy berry aromas. This is tight, drawing and highly acidic, and arguably in need of a bit more body. Savory saucy red-plum and red-currant flavors are tart and tangy, while this Altamira Malbec feels firm and fresh, some might say angular and too fresh. Drink through 2028. Michael Schachner" - (11/1/2018)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A nervy red, with plenty of tannins behind the wild cherry and dark plum flavors. Tarry notes show on the firm finish, revealing peppery hints. Malbec. Drink now through 2021. 1,050 cases made, 250 cases imported." - KM (Issue Web Only - 2018)