2013 Zorzal "Terroir Unico" Pinot Noir Uco Valley

SKU #1212169 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir follows the idea of the Terroir Unico range, to show the pure expression of the grape and the place in a line of unoaked wines. This was 20-30% whole-cluster fermented and is very pale colored, almost a rose, very perfumed, with aromas of red fruit and flowers opening to a light to medium-bodied palate, high acidity (blood orange), and a pure, fresh finish. Highly drinkable. Can the price be real? (LG)  (4/2014)


 Pale medium red. Sexy floral/herbal lift to the aromas of red cherry, red berries, spices and minerals. Lively, light flavors of strawberry, cherry and salty minerals, with no sign of oak. This offers the intensity without weight that I so rarely find from Mendoza Pinot Noir, no doubt due to the chalky soil. An incredible Pinot value with fine tannins and superb subtle persistence. Wow! (ST)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

Based in the Gualtallary district of the Uco Valley, an area prized for its complex soils containing calcareous, granite, and stone alluvial deposits, Zorzal, and the brothers Michelini who make its wines, are definitely forging a new path for Argentinean wine. Their m.o. is generally to harvest much earlier than everyone else; they prize acidity in their wines and believe that even wines from the warm, sun-drenched Uco Valley should be crisp, vibrant, and refreshing. All the Zorzal wines feature fruit from the aforementioned Gualtallary district, and many of them are raised in concrete eggs, a natural choice for folks as avante as they are. These are incredibly interesting wines and well worth discovering. (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinean wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/15/2015 | Send Email
High elevation Pinot Noir from the Uco Valley... at $15 you may as well pick up a bottle just to say you've tried it! While the valley is known mostly for its Semillon and Malbec production, this Pinot is racy and bright. Showing vivacious red fruit, strawberries and a clean spice driven finish - this is my number one party wine of the season.

Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2015 | Send Email
If you like leaner Pinot Noir, this is your new best friend. This wine carries gobs of spicy red fruit in a medium bodied red. The acidity and softly tannic finish made me hungry. There is enough complexity here for serious Pinot fans, but this an easy-drinking red. If the label said California, it would easily be $30+.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2015 | Send Email
What a delicious Pinot Noir, and a real surprise given that it's Pinot Noir from Argentina! Read this carefully: this is not a rich, juicy, oaky style. However, if you're a Joseph Swann fan, if you enjoy Claiborne & Churchill, Hirsch...Zorzal is going for a similarly bright, crisp, style. Red and mixed berry fruit has a tangy, dried fruit quality in there, but ultimately lots of freshness and lovely floral lift as well Balance and drinkability are the words, here. Very impressive Pinot Noir!

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2015 | Send Email
Most think of Argentinean wines as full, ripe, and fun. The Zorzal Pinot is certainly fun, but if you are expecting the fruit and flesh of a warm climate, think again. Harvesting their grapes earlier than most, with better acidity and lighter fruit, the Michelini brothers have produced an incredibly serious, age-worthy Pinot with old-world character. The aromas are refined, with more earth and spice than fruit, though on the palate you certainly see the characteristic wild strawberries with a hint of mushroom. Without the influence of oak, the wine feels clean, delicate, and expressive of its terroir. Great elegant, old-world Pinot from an unexpected source!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.6