2014 Zorzal "Terroir Unico" Pinot Noir Tupungato Valley

SKU #1268548 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A partial amount of whole clusters were used in the fermentation of the 2014 Terroir Único Pinot Noir. It fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts. The aim with the Terroir Único line is to show the expression of the chalky soils of Gualtallary through the naked varietal so the wines never see any oak. The blend comes from three different vineyards with different soils and altitudes (1,00 to 1,450 meters) that each ripen at different times. Light ruby-colored, with aromas of roses and raspberries, this is very pure, perfumed and intoxicating. The wine matured in concrete vats until bottling. The palate is medium-bodied, with very good freshness. It is fluid, easy to drink (the maceration is not very long) and finishes with a chalky note. This is a bargain Pinot from Gualtallary. (LG)  (5/2015)

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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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/21/2016 | Send Email
This is an affordable Old World-style Pinot Noir from the New World, and one that stresses Old World values like terroir. Fans of Bourgogne rouge with that cooler climate fruit and hint of minerality will be thrilled. The Zorzal drinks like something from a rustic French bistro, yet it was made in Argentina! It tastes real and honest without that overtly fruity, un-Pinot-like character that many sub-$20 Pinot Noirs carry. It's clearly Pinot, and it's real, un-manipulated, pure Pinot. I'm getting thirsty just thinking about it.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/7/2016 | Send Email
If your taste runs to lighter-bodied, old-world Pinot Noirs, this is a deal you don't want to miss. I recently tasted the new 2014 Zorzal Pinot Noir and was enthralled! The high elevation sites, along with the Michellini brothers' program of careful handling, early picking, and minimum oak usage, result in a very elegant expression of Pinot Noir. The light, herbal and crunchy red cherry notes predominate in this wine, with an excellent mushroom-y savory finish, and fine tuned structure. I would easily lay this bottle down for a few years, but it drinks beautifully now.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
Zorzal continues to offer the goods for fans of balanced, delicious wines showing great typicity and terroir. Take their most recent Pinot Noir, for example: a wine that shows fresh, lively fruit with a subtle underpinning of structure that comes from stem inclusion as well as picking grapes just at the point of ripeness. For the price, I don't think we have any PN better than (or even close to as good as) this!

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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.
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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 (%): 13.6