2013 Zorzal "Gran Terroir" Malbec Gualtallary

SKU #1241828 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Gran Terroir Malbec is a blend from different vineyards in Gualtallary, the highest part of the department of Tupungato in the Valle de Uco. The grapes fermented in cement vats and matured in used oak barrels for approximately one year. It's very perfumed and spicy, aromatic in a way that makes you go to the glass over and over again. The palate has the 2013 electricity and the Gualtallary chalkiness making for supple, tasty and saline flavors and a very long finish. Simply superb! (LG)  (8/2015)

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 Argentinian wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2016 | Send Email
Wow! The wines of Zorzal consistently stand out for their fruit purity and minimalist wine-making (no new oak!), and this bottle is no exception. This Malbec delivers plenty of blackberry, roasted plum, and spice in a medium bodied red with soft, well-integrated tannins. There is ample acidity here for food pairing, and the finish on this wine seems to go on forever. Argentinian Malbec is in good hands with the Michelini brothers!

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2016 | Send Email
Juicy dark fruit, integrated spices, acid lift to keep it from being cloying...yes, please. This new Malbec has everything that is delicious about Argentinian Malbec while maintaining balance. This wine is immediately accessible for everyday drinking and complex enough to intrigue. Great red wine to get into for both dinner and to just enjoy on a long evening.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
The nose on this wine caught me right away, I’m generally not a Malbec fan, too many indistinguishable bass notes, yet this wine was vibrant, focused, pure and really intrigued me to give it a palate try. On the palate the wine had lift, freshness and a really complex array of Bordeaux-like flavors yet with enough New World weight and fruit, it really grabbed me. The finish is long, memorable, balanced and replays the palate flavors for an encore. I really like this wine; I was a bit at arm’s length just from the name, Zorzal, a takeoff on Zorro? I’m no longer a skeptic, this is really good wine and at a bargain price for the quality.
Drink from 2016 to 2023

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
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Medium deep ruby in color, this distinctively lush-smelling Malbec offers plum to blueberry fruit notes, with a chalky to slate-like mineral undertone. In its broad, viscous palate presentation, this complex, deeply flavored, well-focused and integrated Gem provides a wine of wonderful substance, savory elegance, and purity of character. Long in the finish, this puppy will age easily for another ten-plus years, but drinks great right now with its bright, fleshy, silky fruit on display. Rusty wants at least a case of this Gem for our enjoyment for the next five to ten years. THIS IS A GREAT VALUE AND YOU SHOULD NOT MISS IT! ***** 14.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2016 to 2025

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2016 | Send Email
I really enjoyed tasting this new Malbec that Joe brought in for all of us to enjoy! This bottle has the power and punchy fruit, but with a backbone and meatiness that fills the palate with tons of texture...a graceful kind. This is not an overly oaky or chewy wine. The power, finish, fruit and tannin structure are all in tuned with one another. Enjoy! 14.5% ABV
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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2016 | Send Email
Zorzal's Gran Terroir Malbec is absolutey that: a "gran" display of terroir in Argentina's Uco Valley. Unlike most others around them, Zorzal's Michelini brothers favor a regimen of early harvesting and vinifying/ageing in concrete and well used oak barrels. The results are stunning: crisp, focused dark fruit aromas, in this case showing lovely green and black olive savory qualities, lead to a remarkably dry palate (are we tasting Crozes-Hermitage or Mendoza Malbec??) I love this wine's balance of fruit and savory notes, the utter and complete absence of toasty oak, and the sheer drinkability this represents. It offers a glimpse into the future of Argentinean Malbec, shows strong mid-term cellar potential and is a true joy to drink now. At under $20 I strongly recommend you buy some for now and some bottles to cellar as well.

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- 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 (%): 14.5