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Hello friends. We have a new vintage today of one of 2015’s surprise import hits: Zorzal Malbec from Tupungato in Argentina. And this time, it comes with a bonus, a rare bird: an Argentine Pinot Noir from the same producer.

2014 Zorzal Malbec Terroir Unico
The Michelini brothers first hit my radar back in 2012 when the excellent critic Neal Martin wrote the following in Wine Advocate: [TEXT WITHHELD]

Then Luis Gutierrez came onboard at the Advocate, made his first visit to Zorzal in 2014, and penned the following (warning: LOOOOOONG): [TEXT WITHHELD].

So yeah, that kind of press, it tends to exert sales pressure. A lot of sales pressure. That’s largely why it took until February 2015 for us to be able to make a Zorzal offer of any kind. And even today, it requires timing the offer correctly in order to have enough stock in town to make it worth our while.

I should also say: a wine like this is 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), comes roaring out of the glass with black cherry, orange blossom, and ferrous minerality. That wonderful rocky core continues on the palate, and it belies the sometime reputation of Argentine Malbecs as insipid fruit bombs. This is balanced across multiple axes – fruit/rock, richness/acidity – and it captivates with its intensity. What a charmer, from sip to swallow.

Wine Advocate (Luis Gutierrez): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 90pts.”

2013 Zorzal Pinot Noir Terroir Unico
This is mountain-grown Pinot Noir, coming as it does from another high-elevation vineyard (4300 feet) on a chalky base. It was aged entirely in concrete egg, clocks in at 13.6% listed alc, and pours into the glass a delicate pale ruby, looking every bit like alpine Pinot. The nose offers a heady mix of red cherry, Spanish smoked paprika, and floral topnotes, and even some savory saline kelp. Complex and lovely. In the mouth, this puts wonderful new-world flesh on an old-world acid-mineral frame. As I was glugging this balanced, delicious bottle of wine, I was wondering to myself how many Oregon producers would like to put this quality in the bottle for $15. Nothing expresses terroir quite like Pinot Noir, and this is a fascinating piece of earth to be sure.

Wine Advocate (Luis Gutierrez): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 91pts.”

First come first served up to 48 bottles total, and 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.

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