Familia Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2019

Familia Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2019

 

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Familia Zuccardi
Q Tempranillo 2019
  • Vintage : 2019
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Mendoza
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style : Fruity Medium Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 100% Tempranillo

Familia Zuccardi Q Tempranillo is a distinctive wine that captures the essence of Argentina's Uco Valley. It showcases the unique characteristics of the Tempranillo grape, offering a rich and elegant expression with notes of dark fruits, spices, and a touch of oak.

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 91 2015
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The "Q" in the name stands for "Quality," highlighting the Zuccardi family's commitment to producing wines of exceptional quality since the creation of this range in 1999. This designation is reserved for wines from the best vineyards and showcases the family's dedication to excellence.

Region and Vineyards: The Zuccardi family, renowned for their innovative and high-quality wines, crafts the Familia Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2019 in the Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. The Uco Valley is known for its high altitude and unique terroir, which provide ideal conditions for grape growing. The vineyards are situated at elevations ranging from 900 to 1400 meters above sea level, resulting in cool nights and warm days that enhance the aromatic complexity and flavor concentration of the wines.

Winemaking Process: The grapes for this wine are carefully selected and harvested by hand. The winemaking process involves fermentation in concrete vats, which preserves the grape's natural flavors and minerality. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels, adding depth and complexity while maintaining a perfect balance between fruit and oak influences.

Tasting Notes:

  • Color: Deep ruby red.
  • Aroma: The nose is inviting, with intense aromas of blackberries, plums, and cherries, complemented by notes of vanilla, chocolate, and subtle spices.
  • Palate: On the palate, the wine is rich and full-bodied, with flavors of ripe dark fruits, spices, and a touch of oak. The tannins are smooth and well-integrated, leading to a long, elegant finish.

Wine Pairing Ideas: This wine pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes. Try it with grilled lamb chops, roasted beef, or a rich tomato-based pasta dish. It also pairs well with hard cheeses like Manchego or Parmesan.

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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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Robert Parker (RP) : 91 Points (2015)
I found some reminiscences with some traditional wines from Rioja in the 2015 Q Tempranillo, which is sold later than the rest of the Q range and also had a longer élevage in oak that gave it notes of cigar box and cedar wood. 2015 was a cooler year that produced wines with good acidity and freshness. This should develop nicely in bottle. I have enjoyed wines from the first vintage they produced, 1997, and the wine was still going strong. It was the first wine that showed the Zuccardi name on the label. It was, and this 2015 is, a textbook example of the variety. 27,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2017.

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