2017 Zorzal "Terroir Unico" Pinot Noir Tupungato (Previously $15)

SKU #1356403 90 points James Suckling

 Aromas of rose petal, blueberries and raspberries. Earthy character here. Medium-to-full body, juicy tannins and a slightly easy finish. Drink now.  (4/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Terroir Único Pinot Noir fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats, where it was kept until bottling. It's a fruit-driven, fresh Pinot Noir sold at an incredible price. Clean, ripe without excess, with a light to medium-bodied palate, fine tannins and juicy fruit. Great value. (LG)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

The 2017 vintage of what has to be one of our more serious sub $15 Pinot Noirs in Zorzal's "Terroir Unico" is delicious: slightly floral, a bit savory, and nicely structured with precise, lightly firm tannins. Based in the Gualtallary district of the Uco Valley, an area prized for its complex soils containing calcareous, granite, and stone alluvial deposits, Zorzal, and the brothers Michelini who make its wines, are definitely forging a new path for Argentinean wine. Their m.o. is generally to harvest much earlier than everyone else; they prize acidity in their wines and believe that even wines from the warm, sun-drenched Uco Valley should be crisp, vibrant, and refreshing. All the Zorzal wines feature fruit from the aforementioned Gualtallary district, and many of them are raised in concrete eggs. These are incredibly interesting wines and well worth discovering.


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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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Argentina

- 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 (%): 13.6