Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2016
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“Having one of our most beloved wines listed in such a prestigious ranking is a huge honor for our winery and our region. José Zuccardi, initially known as Zeta, emerged from the conjunction of our family’s spirit and pioneering vision, and eventually evolved into a wine that embodies the development of our history as seen through my father’s innovative eyes,” Sebastián Zuccardi, the Head of Zuccardi Valle de Uco, mentioned.
José Zuccardi Malbec 2016 is sourced from Paraje Altamira and contains a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary. Each variety is naturally fermented in concrete vats, using wild yeasts, and is then aged in foudres and second-use barrels for 24 months.
In Wine Spectator’s words, José Zuccardi Malbec 2016 offers “explosively fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, and plum tart]; filled with rich savory and cooking spice accents. It is]powerfully structured, showing dark chocolate and mocha on the finish, with hints of dried mint” and maybe enjoyed now through 2025.
Wine Spectator 94: Explosively fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, and plum tart are creamy and filled with rich savory and cooking spice accents. Powerfully structured, showing dark chocolate and mocha on the finish, with hints of dried mint. Drink now through 2025. Ranked 56th in Wine Spectator's Top 100 List.
Robert Parker 94: The 2016 José Zuccardi was produced with grapes (90% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) from Altamira and Gualtallary in the Valle de Uco. This is the continuation of the old Z bottling, but here the wine is aged mostly in 2,500-liter oak vats rather than in smaller barriques. There are herbal notes reminiscent of green tea leaves, spices, and berries. The palate is serious and has chalky tannins, as they select grapes from places in the Valle de Uco that have limestone soils. It seems like they have found the way ahead for this wine in 2016; it's fine, precise, and elegant.
Tim Atkin 93: Named after Pepe (José) Zuccardi, who continues to run this inspirational winery alongside his son Sebastián, this is a firm, dense, ambitious blend of Malbec with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon that’s entirely aged in large foudres. Chewy, youthful, and austere, with engaging minerality, it needs more time in bottle. 2022-28.