Familia Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2018

Familia Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2018

 

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Familia Zuccardi
Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Mendoza
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style : Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 95% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Sebastian Zuccardi made this wine to honour his father José. A traditional Malbec with black fruit notes at the fore.

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 96 2018
WS Wine Spectator 94 2018
RP Robert Parker 94 2018
W&S Wines & Spirits 93 2015
TA Tim Atkin 94 2014
WE Wine Enthusiast 91 2014
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Winemaking

Selected bunches. Tanks are filled by gravity. Fermented in concrete vats with native yeast. Maceration for 20 days with daily delestage and piegeage. Aged in oak foudres. Bottled unfiltered.

History of Familia Zuccardi

The story of Familia Zuccardi began in 1963 when Engineer Alberto “Tito” Zuccardi planted the family's first vineyard in Mendoza to demonstrate his innovative irrigation system. This vineyard not only marked the beginning of Zuccardi's journey in viticulture but also sparked a passion for winemaking that would be passed down through generations​​.

In 1985, Tito's son, José Alberto Zuccardi, took over the management of the family business. Under his leadership, the winery expanded its operations and gained international recognition. José Alberto's innovative spirit and dedication to quality have made him one of Argentina's most prominent wine ambassadors​​.

Today, the winery is led by Sebastián Zuccardi, the third generation of the family. Sebastián has continued to push the boundaries of winemaking by exploring the diverse terroirs of the Uco Valley and focusing on sustainability. In 2009, he founded the Research & Development department to study the region's soils and climate, aiming to produce wines that truly reflect their place of origin​​.

Region and Vineyards

Familia Zuccardi's vineyards are located in the Uco Valley, a region known for its high-altitude climate, complex soils, and breathtaking mountain landscapes.

The valley's soils are of alluvial origin, formed by materials that descended from the Andes Mountains millions of years ago. These soils are diverse and heterogeneous, providing a unique environment for viticulture​​.

The vineyards are situated at various altitudes, ranging from 1,050 meters to 1,400 meters above sea level, which allows for a wide range of microclimates and soil types. Some of the key vineyards include:

  • Finca Canal Uco: Located in Paraje Altamira, known for its alluvial soils with large granite stones covered in calcium carbonate.
  • Finca Piedra Infinita: Also in Paraje Altamira, featuring shallow alluvial soils with granite stones and calcareous material.
  • Finca Los Membrillos: Known for its calcareous soils with large granite stones, primarily planted with Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Finca Las Cuchillas: Located in San Pablo, one of the coldest areas in the Uco Valley, known for its high-altitude and calcareous soils.
  • Finca Las Cerrilladas: Situated in Gualtallary, with diverse soils influenced by the Jaboncillo Hills​​.

Winemaking

Sebastián Zuccardi, along with a dedicated team of viticulturists and winemakers, emphasizes the importance of expressing the true identity of the Uco Valley through their wines. The winery uses minimal intervention techniques, allowing the unique characteristics of the terroir to shine through.

Most of the wines are fermented and aged in concrete vats and large, untoasted oak barrels, which do not impart any flavors to the wine but allow for subtle micro-oxygenation. This method preserves the purity and expression of the fruit, showcasing the distinctive qualities of each vineyard and parcel​​​​.

Wine Range

Familia Zuccardi offers a diverse range of wines, each reflecting the unique terroir of the Uco Valley. The portfolio includes:

  • Finca Wines: Single vineyard wines that express the specific characteristics of a particular vineyard (ex: Finca Piedra Infinita Supercal, Finca Piedra Infinita Gravascal).
  • Paraje Wines: Wines that highlight the identity of a subzone within a village of the Uco Valley (ex: Polígonos Paraje Altamira, Polígonos San Pablo).
  • Pueblo Wines: Wines that show the identity of a single village (Geographical Indication) in the Uco Valley (ex: Aluvional Gualtallary, Aluvional La Consulta).
  • Viticulturist Wines: Unique expressions honoring the history of the family, a particular region, or grape variety (ex: Tito Zuccardi, Emma Zuccardi).
  • Regional Wines: Wines made from Argentina and Mendoza's most important grape varieties from regions considered most representative for each variety​​ (ex: Zuccardi Q Malbec, Zuccardi Serie A Torrontés​).

Did You Know?

Familia Zuccardi has received numerous accolades for its exceptional wines. In 2022, it became the only winery in Argentina with three wines awarded 100 points from Robert Parker Wine Advocate.

Additionally, Wine Enthusiast named it "New World Winery of the Year," and it was recognized as the #1 best vineyard in the world by the World’s Best Vineyards for three consecutive years (2019-2021), earning a place in the Hall of Fame in 2022​​​​.

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James Suckling (JS) : 96 Points (2018)
Blackberries, graphite, black pepper and crushed berries on the nose. Full-bodied, very tight and focused with bolted-down tannins that give it fantastic potential for aging. A little cabernet sauvignon here, too. Try after 2023.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 94 Points (2018)
Balances muscle with grace, showing notes of molasses, ripe black cherry and black plum that offer nice richness, while a thread of plumeria picks up the trail midpalate. Reveals stony tannins, peppery elements and notes of espresso and orange peel on the lengthy finish. Drink now.

Robert Parker (RP) : 94 Points (2018)
The 2018 José Zuccardi mixes Malbec from different regions in the Valle de Uco (today, Altamira and Gualtallary) all with limestone soils. It always has a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon (only 5% to 10%), which is not mentioned on the label, and is now matured in foudre for two years. I tasted this next to the 2019, where there are no differences other than the nuances from the year, with similar alcohol and acidity, but the sensation is of a little wider and powerful in the 2018. The wine feels very stable and harmonious after the long élevage, but there are no traces of oak.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 93 Points (2015)
Sebastián Zuccardi makes this cuvée to honor the style his father, José, developed in the early 2000s. Malbec grown in Altamira provides the lush, powerful fruit of the wine while a small addition of cabernet sauvignon adds notes of fir tree and pencil lead. It feels generous and regal, structured by mineral tannins, with a hint of spicy alcohol adding extra force. This is built for a thick-cut grass-fed steak.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 94 Points (2014)
There’s only one Emma Zuccardi bottling these days - the one from eastern Mendoza is no more - but what a wine it is. Floral, rose petal notes segue into unoaked flavours of raspberry, strawberry and plum, fine tannins and an elegance that’s almost Pinot Noir like. As good as Bonarda gets. 2016-21

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 91 Points (2014)
Inky aromas of black fruits and balsamic vinegar are narrow. In the mouth, this Malbec is edgy and bouncy, with elastic tannins and high acidity. Plum and wild-berry flavors finish hard, tough and walled in, all of which reflects the cool 2014 vintage.

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W&S
93
JR
90
Violet colour with deep blue hues, spicy and smokey notes, subtle and distinguished. In the mouth it is elegant with a silky entry. Tannins reflect the vineyard´s calcareous soil. A fresh blend with great personality.
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RP
97
JS
94

The Familia Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira Malbec is an outstanding expression of Malbec from the Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina. This wine stands out for its complexity and the refined approach taken by the winemaker, Sebastián Zuccardi.

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Q Tempranillo 2019
RP
91
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Q Malbec 2020
JS
94
WS
91
W&S
90

The Familia Zuccardi Q Malbec is a smooth and supple wine, showcasing ripe dark fruits, cake spice, and herbal notes, perfectly balanced with fresh acidity. This elegant Malbec comes from high-altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley, highlighting Argentina's unique terroir.

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RP
93
JS
93
TA
94
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JS
99
RP
99
VN
96
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WS
92
RP
98
WE
93
Complex fruit character with notes of strawberry, cherry, and plum, complemented by fresh herbal and floral notes. A silky with a lively acidity, structured tannins, and a long finish.
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Familia Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2021
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Serie A Malbec 2021
JS
92
RP
91
DCT
91

Discover the vibrant heart of Argentine winemaking with the Familia Zuccardi Serie A Malbec. This exquisite wine is a tribute to the rich wine heritage of Mendoza, where the Zuccardi family has been crafting exceptional wines for generations. 

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WS
92
RP
95
JS
95
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RP
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W&S
94
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JS
92
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JS
99
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100
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