2015 Zorzal "Eggo - Tinto de Tiza" Mendoza

SKU #1305763 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The one blend in the Eggo range is the 2015 Eggo Tinto de Tiza, which mixes Malbec with 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in 2,000-liter egg-shaped cement vats where the wine matured for almost one year. This feels quite complete and balanced, with good ripeness while keeping the balance and poise. The palate is juicy and fresh, with fine-grained tannins and a bittersweet finish akin to sour cherries. Very tasty and long. Super. Incredible for the price. (LG)  (12/2016)

93 points James Suckling

 A tight and focused red with blackberry, flower and burnt-lemon character. Medium to full body and juicy fruit. Flavorful finish. Better in 2019.  (6/2017)

90 points Vinous

 Bright, dark red. Aromas of currant, black pepper, licorice and crushed stone, lifted by a violet nuance. Very suave and energetic, with strong chalky minerality currently keeping the wine's dark berry and violet flavors under wraps. But there's nothing hard about this persistent, smoothly tannic wine. Suave, light on its feet and sneaky-long, with utterly no edges. (ST)  (7/2018)

K&L Notes

A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this savory, serious, dry wine has terrific presence and intensity - not to mention structure - on the palate. Once again, the Michelini brothers have proven the power of the blend, aged in their beloved concrete eggs. Perhaps more than any other winery in Argentina right now, Zorzal is challenging the notion of what wines from that country can and should be, focusing on early picked fruit from highly calcareous parcels and then a simple regimen in the cellar to pursue balanced, food-friendly wines.

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/3/2018 | Send Email
Always one of my favorite wines on the shelf in our South America section! Every year the wine is slightly different, but this vintage is a sheer delight! Not only does it exhibit many of the charming characteristics that draw so many people to Malbec, but it avoids the overly ripe fruit and finds pefect balance in the blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. A lovely savory element combines with classic acidity and nicely integrated tannin. But the element that captures my attention every time is the texture.Aged in egg-shaped concrete, the wine develops a great mid palate with plenty of smooth texture that is ready for food pairing.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2017 | Send Email
Black mountain fruit reigns supreme here, with an interesting hint of violet. Expressive, round and inviting, this wine was a total standout in a recent line-up of malbec's that KL staffers tasted through. Holding it's volume and weight extremely well, this wine delivers a robust yet fresh intensity that is pure and delicious. Make this your next BBQ pick! Super Recommended.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2017 | Send Email
Maybe those more worldly than I already knew that "Tinto de Tiza" means "red chalk," naming the wine after the influential soil type of the region. Nestled at the foot of the Tupungato Volcano in one of the highest elevation vineyard sites in Mendoza, this Argentinian Blend is solely influenced by it's terroir. While the vines are young, the high elevation, strong sun and cool temperatures creates a balanced wine with both striking acidity and structure. It is fermented and aged in a concrete egg (hence the Eggo), to more easily control temperature and keep the wine in constant movement to allow more complex character to form. That control allows the wine makers to skip the more artful wine making techniques that are usually used to add character to young grapes. The wine goes through a bit of malolactic fermentation for texture while the bold spice, deep black berry and fresh acidity really give you the true colors of the Uco Valley.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
A most serious Malbec based wine, this 2015 vintage is now in a Burgundy bottle, and the wine's reserve, structure, acidity and overall balance seem to have risen to the occasion and new bottle shape! As Gutierrez suggests, there is an initial austerity on the nose, though on the palate, the wild plums, subtle cured olive and meaty notes suggest very good quality northern Rhone Syrah. Spectacular value here in one of the driest, most structured and complex bottles of Argentinian Malbec we have yet to feature.

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14