In early March of this year I had the pleasure of spending a few days visiting the Familia Zuccardi wineries in Argentina and getting to know the Zuccardi family.
Familia Zuccardi is one of the largest and most prestigious family-owned wineries in Argentina, and Executive Director José Alberto Zuccardi and his son, Sebastián, who is in charge of the family estate in the Uco Valley, were listed as among the five most influential personalities in Argentine wine by Decanter magazine. Daughter Julia, as well as overseeing the family restaurants, is the namesake of their sister winery Bodega Santa Julia, and younger son Miguel creates some of the best olive oil that Argentina has to offer.
The first thing that hit me while visiting Zuccardi – after the sheer quality of the wines – was a true sense of family. It was a genuine caring and sharing that extended out from their own family to their friends and visitors, and to their community.
Over dinner one evening José Alberto explained to me the four goals that the Zuccardi family have: producing the highest quality wines; keeping a constant capacity for innovation; working in full harmony with the environment; and being useful to the community they live in. In this last capacity I personally saw some of the schools, gyms, and social centers the Zuccardi family has set up, not just for the people that work for them in the vineyards but for all the people in the community that need them. That kind of caring shines through in their wines as well.
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is pleased to make available, in limited quantities, one of Zuccardi’s many prestigious wines – Concreto. Concreto is 100% Malbec from Altamira in the Uco Valley and is, as the name suggests, fermented in concrete tanks. The 2014 vintage, which is the one we offer, was awarded 95 points from The Wine Advocate with the following review:
“The wild nose of the new 2014 Concreto Malbec transported me to the Northern Rhône (Côte-Rôtie), or even better the Valais mountains in Switzerland. It is fermented and matured in concrete vats, hence its name. The grapes come from a very calcareous soil in Altamira in the Uco Valley. The nose mixes the violet aromas and those wild herbs, rockrose and spices, but also a saline side, and a mix of black olives and smoke. Raspberry leaf perhaps? There is a different character, they have taken away all that gives sweetness to the wine, searched for chalky soils, used part of full clusters and only cement was used for the fermentation and élevage. The wine is dry, but the tannins are sweet. There is very good length and persistence here. A naked Malbec. I believe this wine might have a beautiful evolution in bottle and it would be even better in a fresh vintage. Groundbreaking Malbec! An awesome value for money too! Drink 2015-2022.”
Don’t miss this very special wine now available in limited quantities at many ABC stores.
Bill Stobbs, ABC Wine & Spirits supervisor
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