2014 Zorzal "Eggo-Tinto de Tiza" Tupungato

SKU #1250666 96 points Decanter

 Refreshing, beautiful nose with herbal and minty cool notes but also some chalky, mineral nuances so characteristic of the Gualtallary terroir. Bags of red fruits and lemon on the palate, vibrant, with a sensational invigorating freshness. Austere, precise, Malbec is one of the few grapes able to get such a pure expression. Texture is amazing, tannins are finely grained and oak is superbly managed. This is the treasure of Argentina.

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Eggo Tinto de Tiza is a blend from three different vineyards in Tupungato Winelands in Gualtallary. It's a blend of mostly Malbec with some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. As is the case with the whole Eggo range, the wine didn't see any oak, and in this case it was matured in egg-shaped cement vats for one year. There are violets, plums, dark cherries and something earthy. This is slightly riper than the 2013. The medium-bodied palate has is fresh with a silky texture, pure flavors and a mineral-driven finish. At this price I'd buy it by the case. Super! (LG)  (8/2014)

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 Argentinian 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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By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
Produced mostly from Malbec, with a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon blended in, this lovely production is deep ruby in color, offers a distinctive, powerful nose of currents and cassis, with hints of mocha and chocolate, all of which is well-defined on its complex, deeply flavored palate impression. Elegant, rich, focused, and an amazingly profound wine, this lush, full, integrated Malbec driven Gem is absolutely delicious and could be drunk now, but will continue to improve over the next five to ten years, easily. Rusty has ordered me to bring several cases of this Gem for our enjoyment over the next ten years, and thinks that you need to do yourselves a favor and do the same. GREAT VAULE! DON’T MISS THIS GEM! ***** 13.9% ABV *****
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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2016 | Send Email
There is a new school of thought emerging among Malbec producers in Argentina to make longer, cleaner, more serious styles. This offering of mostly Malbec is a beautiful representation of this newer style. Dark fruit still leads the wine with notes of spice; however, this is balanced by acid and earthy notes from the Cab Franc. A bold red wine that starts well and finishes long, with subtle tannins. This is a wine to pair with many different foods and occasions.

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2016 | Send Email
The Michelini brothers continue to impress with this full-bodied, Malbec-based blend. This is a deep purple wine with inviting aromas of black raspberry, violet, and pepper. The palate confirms plenty of dark fruit, including plum and black raspberry, earth, and a hint of spice. This is a riper expression than the 2013, so the tannins are softer and better integrated. Again, there is plenty of acidity to keep things balanced. Anyone who likes bold reds with a purity to the fruit expression will love this wine!

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Malbec

- 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.
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Argentina

- 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