2018 Familia Zuccardi "Alluvional" Malbec Atltamira

SKU #1692138 97 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I loved the 2018 Aluvional Paraje Altamira at first sight. There's a bit more of everything, more aromatic complexity, more flavor and definitely a lot more minerality in the texture and more finesse. They have removed the fat in the Aluvional range; the wines reflect the soils, and in vintages like 2018, there is a jump in precision and expression. There is texture, salinity, austerity and a long-lasting finish, something not easy to achieve with Malbec. Some 70% of the volume matured in concrete and the rest in used 500-liter oak barrels. This is superb. 9,700 bottles were filled in 2019. It should develop nicely and for a long time in bottle. (LG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Zuccardi's 2018 Malbec Aluvional (Paraje Altamira) was 30% aged in French oak for 12 months. Vivid purple in hue. The complex, intense nose offers delicate red fruit with plum and cherry aromas, herbs and touches of violet with even subtler notes. Potent without being concentrated, it is medium-bodied but packed with flavor, juicy and fluid in the mouth. The chalky tannins enhance the tension. There’s a lot of scope for this wine to grow in the bottle; I’d love to try it in around 10 years or more. (JH) Inner quote mark (11/2021)

95 points Tim Atkin

Outer quote mark This comes from the higher, more recently planted part of Paraje Altamira and shows the combination of density and freshness that are typical of the Uco Valley sub zone. Herbal, compact and layered, with black cherry and black olive flavours, subtle wood and a long, pithy finish Inner quote mark

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This shows lots of structure with tannins and stones that buttress rather shy and austere character. The fruit comes through at the end, in the form of blackberries, black olives and minerals. Long, structured finish. Better after two or three years. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This focused red is filled with savory zest to the concentrated dark currant, pomegranate and cherry flavors that are well-knit, showing fresh acidity and tannins. There's minerally power on the finish, with dried thyme and saline hints. Drink now through 2027. (KM) Inner quote mark (12/2021)

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2023 | Send Email
This very special Malbec bottling is to be served with your finest meals. A dark plummy nose with brown sugar and cassis. On the palate, completely different. Quite clean with chalky notes, spice, oak tannin. Red and black fruit dominated with dark cherries taking the lead, followed by higher acid reds. Long finish with clean oak. A prime candidate for the cellar or keep it for a special steak dinner.

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