Familia Zuccardi Finca Canal Uco Malbec 2020 750ml
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Familia Zuccardi Finca Canal Uco Malbec 2020

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The 2020 Finca Canal Uco comes from the historical part of Altamira, only across the street from their Piedra Infinita vineyard, where the soils are slightly deeper and with a little less limestone; the grapes achieve more ripeness and deliver slightly more generous wines from soils that could be the equivalent to the Gravascal from Piedra Infinita. The vines were planted ungrafted 14 years ago. In 2020, they selected grapes from four or five separate plots in the vineyard to create this cuvée. Furthermore, 2020 was a very warm and dry year with high ripeness, but after their experience with the very warm 2017, they were ready to tackle such vintages (it was similar in 2023 too); they harvested some 15 days earlier than normal and did a shorter maceration, around 12 or 13 days. They always destem the grapes but put 100% of the stems back in the vat to avoid any risk of carbonic maceration. The wine is perfumed and clean, with some floral notes; it's juicy, as Malbec is always juicy, but there's no trace of sweetness. It has contained ripeness, 14% alcohol and a medium-bodied palate. It does not quite reach the finesse of the 2019, but it's fine-boned and harmonious, with the limestone tannins and great purity of an unoaked red à la Zuccardi vinified and aged exclusively in raw concrete. They produced 12,500 bottles that were filled in June 2021; they dedicated 7,000 of those bottles for global distribution and kept the rest for the markets in South America. Stunning stony Malbec with no fruit.

Luis Gutierrez, August 31, 2023
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The 2020 Malbec Finca Canal Uco hails from Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley. Purple in the glass. The floral nose offers notes of violets, ripe plum, blueberry, herbs and sage. Dry, juicy, and taut on the palate, the finely-grained, chalky tannins and lively, measured acidity produce a rich but compact mouthfeel. This is a long-lasting, juicy, nuanced red.

Joaquin Hidalgo, June 2023
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A wet stone note paves the way, with concentrated violet and blueberry notes that swell around vibrant minerally acidity, adding layers of spiced plum and fresh herbs, lingering around smooth tannins and cocoa bean details on the finish. Drink now through 2033. 500 cases made, 450 cases imported.

Aaron Romano, November 30, 2023

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