Familia Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2017
#10 Wine Enthusiast Top 100
|Region||Argentina, Mendoza, Alto Vale de Uco|
James SucklingThis is a unique wine for Mendoza with a cool-fruit and serious slate character. Undertones of dried herbs and bark. Full body, integrated fruit and tannins. Wet earth, too. Reminds me of the reds in Spain’s Galicia, but so new in Argentina. Drink now but better in 2020.
Wine AdvocateThe aromatic expression of the 2017 Concreto Malbec is completely different from the 2016. This is a lot more open, floral and gentle, with a more polished and sleek palate with more integrated acidity. A wine of tremendous energy, it was kept in concrete all its life (hence the name) until it was bottled. 25,000 bottles were filled in December 2018, just before the next harvest.
Wine EnthusiastCalm and pure blackberry and cassis aromas feed into an intense palate with freshness and rubbery tannins. While not loud, this goes heavy on the gas and features edgy dark-berry flavors. A rock-solid finish confirms the structure on this cement-fermented-and-aged Malbec from Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley. Drink through 2025.
Vinous(from a selection of stony soils on this 42-hectare property; vinified with 100% whole clusters--vs. 30% to 70% for Zuccardi’s other reds--and aged entirely in concrete): Saturated bright, dark ruby. Very pure aromas of dark fruits and flowers; great Malbec fruit without any make-up. Then plush, sweet and pristine on the palate, conveying the full ripeness of the 2017 vintage in its almost chocolatey ripeness. The wine’s broad tannins reach the incisors. Finishes with lingering notes of red and black fruits and spices. This wine is done in a Burgundy bottle.