Hello friends. Back in 2012, an Argentine winery called Zorzal appeared on my radar after the excellent critic Neal Martin wrote the following in Wine Advocate: [TEXT WITHHELD].
Then last spring we received some inquiries about Zorzal after Luis Gutierrez penned a small novella in the April 2014 Wine Advocate, heaping no small amount of praise on this up-and-coming Tupungato producer (we’ll include an excerpt below). Since then, we’ve kept our eyes out for opportunities to offer Zorzal. Unfortunately, we haven’t been the only ones. The drawback of today’s offer is the potential for low allocations (we’re capping requests at 12 bottles; actual allocations might be closer to 3 or 4), but with a winery like this, it’s a good idea to get our collective feet in the door if we want to see our allocations grow in the future.
Wine Advocate (Luis Gutierrez): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”
A wine like this is pretty much the exact reason why we offer Washington Malbecs so rarely. In the right hands, Argentine Malbecs just kill it, and at price points that seem impossible. This one, grown at vineyards at 4500’ elevation (4500 feet!) in Gualtallary (which looks like this; amazing) is chock full of minerals, beautifully balanced by a core of pollen-dusted plum and marionberry fruit. It’s a delicious, intense, perfectly weighted palate-coater, and it lingers (and lingers) with captivating fruit intensity.
Now then, for the busy among us, feel free to click on the order link or (gasp!) delete/archive this e-mail. But if you’re a dirty no-good work procrastinator who wants to learn a little more about this project, here is an excerpt from Gutierrez’s April ’14 writeup: [TEXT WITHHELD].
Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.