21 Oct 2013

Delicious high scoring Malbec blend with pedigree (and a very unusual blending partner)

Delicious high scoring Malbec blend with pedigree (and a very unusual blending partner)

We get to meet some pretty interesting people from many different countries and in various stages on the wine industry.

Late last week we had the honor of winemaker, Sebastian Zuccardi, of Familia Zuccardi, stopping by and trying us on his family's limited production icon wines out of Mendoza. The wine that really stood out was the Tito Zuccardi red blend, named after Sebastian's grandfather, Tito, who planted Familia Zuccardi's first vineyards many years ago. The Zuccardi family owns approximately 1000 hectares of vineyards in some of Mendoza's premier areas and have been pioneers with unusual, unique varietals as well as using classic varietals in their wines.

The Familia Zuccardi Tito Zuccardi 2010, sourced from vineyards in the La Consulta district of the Uco Valley, is made in very small quantities (only around 600 cases were produced in the 2011 vintage). The 2011 Tito Zuccardi is made from Malbec, which dominates the blend at 83%, along with Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% of an unusual varietal named Caledoc (when last did you see that grape? Maybe never), which is a hybrid cross between Malbec and Grenache, that was developed in the south of France. This is a very unique wine with some strong third party reviews, Wine Advocate 92 pts and 91 pts Wine Spectator, respectively, that has good structure to allow it to age, but is showing nicely even at its young age. We are offering this unique and extremely limited Mendoza red blend for $31.99 a bottle and $28.49 when you purchase 6 or more bottles.

Posted by Gregg 00:00:00

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