Hello friends. We have a new vintage today of one our import hits: Zorzal Malbec from Tupungato in Argentina. And this time, it comes with a bonus: a well-reviewed, all-cement-egg-fermented blend from the same producer.
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), kicks off with the kind of fresh, crunchy-berry nose that is usually restricted to excellent Cru Beaujolais. The palate mixes pure blackberry fruit with a cooling crushed-rock mineral tone, and it seems to fan out across the whole mouth, with a plush mid-palate rolling into a black tea-inflected finish. Balanced, bright, and pure.
Wine Advocate (Luis Gutierrez): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 90+pts.”
Wine Advocate (Luis Gutierrez): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
We don’t have access to a whole lot of this, so I’ll keep it relatively brief, and say that this is still predominantly (90%+) Malbec, with small splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It’s a nervy beauty, with intense berry fruit drenched in citrus-peel acidity and tangy/salty minerals. The density and purity at 13.9% listed alc is difficult to fathom.
Please limit order requests to 24 bottles of Malbec and 6 bottles of Eggo, 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.