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2019 Zuccardi "Fósil" Chardonnay Valle de Uco

SKU #1513145 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Fósil San Pablo is a Chardonnay from San Pablo that follows the steps of the 2018, with its moderate alcohol and notable acidity and freshness. It comes from grapes planted at 1,400 meters above sea level in the coolest place possible. It's citrusy and has notes of aromatic herbs with restraint. On the palate, it's vibrant and very dry, with marked chalkiness. It's more about the place than the grape. 4,300 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2019. (LG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A Chardonnay from San Pablo, Uco Valley, made with direct pressing and fermented with native yeasts in concrete eggs and 500 liters French barrels with no must. A yellowy-green in the glass, the nose contains aromas of country herbs, resin, apple, pears, peas and a hint of cardamom. Complex and intriguing, the 2019 Fósil Zuccardi has a powerful texture in the mouth and sustained flavor with heightened but contained freshness that comes in with a kick at the end. This white, Sebastian Zuccardi's best, is influenced by the wines of Burgundy. (JH) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

K&L Notes

The fruit for Fósil comes from the San Pablo region in the Uco Valley. This is one of the coolest parts of the valley, the vines are planted at 4500ft in alluvial soils with a little calcium carbonate, "Calicata", covered with stones. The cooler temperatures plus high UV allow the grapes to mature but maintain acidity in a way that is truly unique to Argentina. Native yeast fermentation occurs both in used French oak barrels and Concrete eggs. This wine combines fully ripened, luscious fruit that speaks clearly of the "New World", with an intensity and dryness that is reminiscent of the mountain Chardonnays of the Jura, and the refinement of White Burgundy. Intense, complex, and beguiling this is a Chardonnay unlike any other. It is an exciting wine that is both cerebral and hedonistic. I think that this wine is aptly named, Fosil is wine that is waiting to be discovered and once discovered sends your imagination racing.

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