About This Wine
Zuccardi taps top Mendoza growing areas for its “Q” Malbec.
The Mendoza region of Argentina is large, which means it’s home to multiple microclimates — some of which are ideal for growing top-quality Malbec grapes, some better suited for other varieties.
Two of the best areas for Malbec are La Consulta and Vista Flores, both of which contribute grapes to the “Q” cuvee. La Consulta is in the heart of the Uco Valley, where a long-established irrigation system assures consistent water exposure for the vines. Vista Flores is noted for its sandy loam soil, which stresses the vines so they produce highly concentrated fruit.
All of the fruit grown by Zuccardi is of exceptional quality, so the challenge is to blend in the right proportions in order to craft a complex and balanced wine. As one member of our tasting panel put it, when it comes to the 2010 vintage, the Zuccardi “Q” gets a solid “A.”
A midseason ripener, it can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends.
- Grape Composition:100% Malbec
- Grape Source:La Consulta, Vista Flores and Agrelo Growing Areas of Mendoza, Argentina
- Aromas & Flavors:Violets, Black Fruits, Spice and a Hint of Chocolate
- Aging Vessels:Medium-Toast French Oak Barrels for 12 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestiona grilled steak with a multi-herb rub.
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