ZUCCARDI 2018 ALUVIONAL PARAJE ALTAMIRA MALBEC

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Item #:
378373
Bottle Size:
750ml
Quantity On Hand:
30
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There is experience in the hands of winemaker Sebastian Zuccardi: he learned from his father and grandfather who had been making wine in the Mendoza region of Argentina for decades. Since taking over, he has focused on new aging techniques and focusing in on the expression of specific sites near Mendoza; he wants to make "wines of place." Indeed, his innovation and skills earned him a headlining spot on Decanter's list of top 10 South American winemakers a few years ago!

The vineyards for this wine are high up in the foothills of the Andes, on alluvial soils (carried and deposited by water) in the Altamira district of the Uco Valley, at 3600ft above sea level! At high altitude, the combination of warm, sunny days and quickly cooling evenings make for wines with intense, fully-formed flavors, velvet tannins, and a refreshing vein of acidity. Sebastian Zuccardi likes to ferment the juice in unlined concrete, and age in a combination of concrete and used oak barrels, which allows him to craft his signature textural style. Decant this for an hour or so, and pair with grilled meats and vegetables.

WINE ADVOCATE 97 POINTS - "I loved the 2018 Aluvional Paraje Altamira at first sight. There's a bit more of everything, more aromatic complexity, more flavor and definitely a lot more minerality in the texture and more finesse. They have removed the fat in the Aluvional range; the wines reflect the soils, and in vintages like 2018, there is a jump in precision and expression. There is texture, salinity, austerity and a long-lasting finish, something not easy to achieve with Malbec. Some 70% of the volume matured in concrete and the rest in used 500-liter oak barrels. This is superb. 9,700 bottles were filled in 2019. It should develop nicely and for a long time in bottle."
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