Zuccardi ‘Serie A’ Malbec Mendoza 2016

Estate: The Zuccardi family has been making wine in Mendoza since 1963, when Alberto Zuccardi planted his first vines. Now in his 90’s, Alberto is known as a pioneering force in both Mendoza and the Uco Valley. Today, the multiple estate vineyards and winery are headed by Alberto’s son, José, along with José’s eldest son, Sebastián, and daughter, Julia [the 3rd generation].

The family believes in caring for the land and “using people rather than machines whenever possible”. Many of the families that worked with the company under Alberto’s leadership are still with the estate today. With over 800 hectares of vineyards, the family focuses on “coexisting with nature without damaging it”. Preservation of biodiversity is greatly important; more than 70 hectares are woods, over 1800 species of native flora are preserved, and biological corridors have been created. Chemical products are not used at all, the vineyards are farmed sustainably and organically, with 35% currently certified organic. Sustainable methods, including a comprehensive recycling program, composting of must and skins, and solar energy are utilized in the cellar.

‘Serie A’ stands for “Argentina Series” and was created as a means of expressing the “most representative grape varieties by recognizing the best growing regions specific to each and selecting top vineyard sites along the foothills of the Andes Mountains.” The Serie A line “demonstrates the richness and diversity of Argentina’s many micro-climates and soils”.

Philosophy: “The word ‘family’ is central to the way in which we have always run our business.”

Winemaking: Grapes are from different vineyards across the Valle de Uco, making “the wine more complete and complex”. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats, part of the wine was aged in used French oak barrels for 10 months.

Tasting Notes: Deep red-violet in colour with aromas of black cherry, plum, leather and crushed black peppercorn. Black cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and a shake of white pepper are framed by bright acidity and black tea tannins. Baked berries and baking spice linger on the velvety finish. Fruity and lush, fantastic on its own or with a wide variety of dishes.

100% Malbec
Mendoza
Argentina
Produced and Bottled by Familia Zuccardi
13.5% Alcohol
$15 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2020

Rated 91 points by Wine Advocate

 

Sample submitted for editorial consideration.

Santa Julia ‘Organica’ Malbec Mendoza 2017

Estate: The Zuccardi family has been making wine in Mendoza since 1963, when Alberto Zuccardi planted his first vines. Now in his 90’s, Alberto is known as a pioneering force in both Mendoza and the Uco Valley. Today, the multiple estate vineyards and winery are headed by Alberto’s son, José, along with José’s eldest son, Sebastián, and daughter, Julia [the 3rd generation].

Established in the 1990’s in honor of Julia, “Santa Julia represents the Zuccardi Family’s commitment to achieve the highest quality levels through sustainable practices, contributing to protect the environment and to develop the community”. José’s only daughter, she is now the director of the Familia Zuccardi winery. The family is committed to achieving the highest quality wines through sustainable practices, working to protect the environment, wildlife preservation, water conservation and developing the community. Expanding to the Uco Valley, the family opened Valle de Uco Winery last year, where winemakers focus on research and development, while studying the variables that influence wines throughout the Uco Valley.

Philosophy: “To be natural, environmentally friendly and grow in harmony with the community of which we are part.”

Winemaking: Grapes are form the Santa Rosa and Maipu Vineyards in Mendoza. Vinified in stainless steel tanks, skin maceration for 10 days.

Tasting Notes: Red violet in colour with aromas of grape preserves, black cherry, earth and soft cigar box spice. Ripe blackberry, cherry and plum are laced with tobacco leaf and a trace of baking chocolate. Good acidity and light tannins add a refreshing, easy drinking character. Dark berry fruit and a hint of licorice and earth linger into the lengthy finish. A lovely sipper on its own, or with spiced, earthy dishes.

100% Malbec
Mendoza
Argentina
Produced & Bottled by Bodega Santa Julia
13% Alcohol
$11 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2021

Sample submitted for editorial consideration.

Santa Julia Malbec Rose Mendoza 2017

Estate: The Zuccardi family has been making wine in Mendoza since 1963, when Alberto Zuccardi planted his first vines. Now in his 90’s, Alberto is known as a pioneering force in both Mendoza and the Uco Valley. Today, the multiple estate vineyards and winery are headed by Alberto’s son, José, along with José’s eldest son, Sebastián, and daughter, Julia [the 3rd generation].

The Santa Julia Winery was established in the 1990’s in honor of Julia, as she is José’s only daughter. The family is committed to achieving the highest quality wines through sustainable practices, working to protect the environment, wildlife preservation and developing the community. Expanding to the Uco Valley, the family opened Valle de Uco Winery last year, where winemakers focus on research and development, while studying the variables that influence wines throughout the Uco Valley.

Philosophy: “To be natural, environmentally friendly and grow in harmony with the community of which we are part.”

Winemaking: Vineyards are farmed sustainably and are certified organic. Hand harvested grapes are from the Santa Rosa and Maipu vineyards in Mendoza.

Tasting Notes: Light coral pink in colour with a savory wisp highlighting aromas of white pepper, chalky minerals and geranium. Silky strawberry and cherry are accented by sea salt minerality and bright acidity. Citrus zest leads to the dry, zippy finish. A subtle, refreshing sip to accompany a wide range of snacks and light dishes. [It was fantastic with soft, fresh pecorino cheese and avocado toast.]

100% Malbec
Mendoza
Argentina
Produced and Bottled by Bodega Santa Julia
14% Alcohol
$11 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2019

Sample submitted for editorial consideration.

Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2011

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Brand: Terrazas de los Andes was founded in 1999. In addition to owning multiple vineyards throughout Mendoza, it is the largest landowner in Vistalba, the premium Malbec producing area in Mendoza. Terrazas de los Andes is a brand of the family run, French luxury goods conglomerate, LVMH [Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE]. LMVH “strives to ensure the long-term development of each of its Houses in keeping with their identity, their heritage and their expertise”.

Winemaking: The vineyards are sustainably farmed; natural irrigation is employed which utilizes melted snow from the Andes Mountains. 100% of the water used is recycled. Grapes were sourced from terraced vineyards located 3500 feet above sea level. Aged 12 months in oak [80% French, 20% American], with 30% new oak. The Reserva line is hand harvested and crafted to “stand out for their aromatic intensity and complex style”.

Tasting Notes: Inky red violet in colour with exuberant aromas of tart red fruit, black pepper, and hints of funky earth along with subtle campfire smoke. Soft cherry and blackberry flavours are buoyed by firm tannins and engaging layers of repeating flavours [earth, peppery spices, chocolate, toasted oak and smoke] Fruit and chili-spiced dark chocolate on the lengthy finish keep you reaching for more.

100% Malbec
Mendoza
Argentina
Produced & Bottled by Terrazas de los Andes
14% Alcohol
$19 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2017

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Sample submitted for review purpose.

Old York Cellars Dry Riesling & Malbec Tasting

I had the pleasure of participating in a Virtual Vines discussion with winemaker Scott Gares of Old York Cellars, sommelier Laurin Dorman and Chef Jonas Gold of 55 Main. Old York Cellars is located in the Ringoes section of Hunterdon County and contains some of the oldest vineyards in New Jersey. Owner David Wolin currently has 12 acres of vineyards, cultivating a diverse selection including Barbera, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Syrah and Riesling. In addition to award winning wines and a lovely tasting room, they also hold special events such as art exhibits, yoga classes and Master Chef Dinners.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the tasting presented a timely spotlight on wine pairings. Chef Jonas Gold presented a variety of modern and classic dishes utilizing traditional thanksgiving ingredients such as pumpkin, roasted veggies and turkey. Whilst the two wines range in flavour and style, they are both versatile companions to a wide variety of dishes, especially Thanksgiving cuisine.

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Old York Cellars Dry Riesling 2013
Bright gold in colour with crisp green apple harmonizing with a vivid acidity, making it a fantastic pairing with rich dishes. Traces of honeysuckle on the dry finish.
100% Riesling
13.1% Alcohol
$17

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Old York Cellars Malbec 2013
A crowd-pleaser with bold fruit flavours and an earthy backbone. Soft tannins, oak, vanilla and chocolate elements comprise the velvety finish.
100% Malbec
13.8% Alcohol
$17

 

 

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