2016 Zuccardi "Finca Piedra Infinita" Malbec Paraje Altamira

SKU #1694303 100 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I was blown away by the 2016 Finca Piedra Infinita, a wine I have been anticipating because I’ve seen the progression of the wine over the last few years. They use almost 40 different components to make this wine from small plots within the vineyard, especially the soils they call "supercalcáreo" (super limestone). The other type of soil they use is what they call "gravas calcáreas" (limestone gravels), and they don’t use any of the grapes from the deeper soils that go into the Q range. The wine has reached a stratospheric level of precision, symmetry and elegance in 2016 that is really captivating. Everything seems to be in its place; there is great harmony, the aromatics are clean and pure and the texture is like liquid chalk. There is power and elegance, energy and finesse. This is a really outstanding wine that summarizes the hard work at Zuccardi in the last few years. Bravo! (LG) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The aromas of dark fruit with nutmeg and cloves are fascinating. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a savory finish. A soulful wine. Subtle but complex. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright, full ruby. Urgent crushed berry and licorice aromas are intensified by a strong chalkiness and an element of aromatic herbs. Boasts incredible density and depth of sappy black fruit and mineral flavors, with brilliant precision and energy, not to mention a powerful impression of site character. This absolutely compelling, electric Malbec also delivers wonderful plushness and its rising, palate-saturating finish boasts superb chalky thrust. This utterly unadorned wine, perhaps the finest bottling to date from Sebastián Zuccardi, should be long-lived. (ST) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Slightly reductive on the nose at the moment. The palate is just electric and so alive – again that stony chalky texture (typical of Altamira) with splatterings of peppery spice and floral tinged blue fruits and a super-long finish. Very tight tannins still and has many years to open up into the beautiful wine that it surely will become. Delightful. (AC) 17.5++/20 points Inner quote mark (9/2019)

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