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TastersGuildNY Familia Zuccardi Premium Argentine Wine Tasting

TastersGuildNY Familia Zuccardi Premium Argentine Wine Tasting

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Speaker: Leandro Lowi Wine Ambassador Familia Zuccardi Estates

Argentina's largest family-owned winery is one of the leading exporters of Argentine wines. For over 40 years, Familia Zuccardi has produced wines of exceptional quality and value from the soils of Maipu and Santa Rosa. Every wine at Familia Zuccardi is from estate grown, hand-picked fruit and is estate produced in a state-of-the-art facility. In total, there are 1,600 acres of noble grapes under cultivation. Innovation is a trademark of Familia Zuccardi. Experimentation with new plantings is vital to their quest for quality. Successful experiments have yielded the first Viognier from Argentina as well as a popular Pinot Grigio and a port-styled Malbec (called Malamado). When it comes to producing world class Argentine wine, Familia Zuccardi, take their job seriously. Their philosophy is simple. As Jose Zuccardi puts it, "The word 'family' is central to the way in which we have always run our business. To guarantee the quality of our Familia Zuccardi brand, we believe in using people rather than machines whenever possible." There are several distinct lines under the Zuccardi brand available in the US: Santa Julia Varietal, Organicica, Reserva: Zuccardi Serie A, Zuccardi Q, and Zeta an icon wine made from Tempanillo/Malbec blend, Zuccardi Serie A, Zuccardi Q, and Zuccard Zeta are the premium ranges of wines produced by Familia Zuccardi. The grapes for these ranges come from 100% Estate owned high altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley and Salta regions. Each vineyard site is selected for its unique micro-climate, soil, and overall quality.

We tasted 10 of the finest wines from Familia Zuccardi Estates.
Prices are full markup retail price. We asked for one vote for favorite for Flight I, and two votes for Flight II. Famila Zuccardi Series A Chardonnay Viognier 2012 was the favorite for Flight I, TITO Zuccardi La Consulta 2010 was the favorite for Flight II. Familia Zuccardi Aluvionial 2008 placed second favorite of Flight II. All liked Familia Zuccardi Malamado Port 2010 The cheese was provided by Cabot Cheese of Vermont.

Flight I: White Votes Full Retail Price $
Santa Julia Organica Chardonnay 2012t
100% Chardonnay. Pale yellow color with green hues. Aromas of tropical fruits, green apple, pear, banana and pineapple. Honey and a hint of citric. Dry, medium bodied wine. Well balanced. Pleasant with a long finish.
4 $10.90
Familia Zuccardi Series A Torrontes 2011
100% Torrentes, pale straw color, floral and pear notes in nose, refreshing on the palate with a delicate finish.
1 $14.99
Famila Zuccardi Series A Chardonnay Viognier 2012
Grape Variety: 75% Chardonnay, 25% Viognier, half the Chardonnay was aged for 6 months in French oak barrels, the Viognier was fermented in stainless steel. Pineapple and peach aromas with creamy structure of Chardonnay on the palate. A balanced, rich textured wine with mineral notes from the round rocks in the soil. The favorite White.

5 $13.99
Flight II: Red Votes Full Retail Price $
Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2012
Malbec 100%. No oak. Purple color. Ripe fruit flavors of plum, cherry, strawberry, chocolate with a spicy finish.
2 $9.99
Familia Zuccardi Series A 'Emma' Bonarda 2011
100% Bonardo Aged in French oak barrels (new and second use) for 12 month. Intense purple color. Black ripe fruits such as blackberries and raspberries on nose and palate. Full bodied, soft and round tannins. Long finish. Only 3680 bottles produced. A delicious wine. Drink now till 2017.
1 $39.00
Familia Zuccardi Q Termpranillo 2010
100% Tempranillo. Aged 12 months in new American oak barrels. Red color. Aromas of tobacco, leather and chocolate. Balanced, long finish. Can be cellared for 10 years.
1 $22.00
Familia Zuccardi Q Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, I year in new French oak. Ruby in color with aromas of blackberries, black tea and spice. Full bodied with a very long finish. Great aging potential.
4 $20.00
TITO Zuccardi La Consulta 2010
83% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon,7% Calodoc (cross between Malbec and Grenache) Purple color. Aged for 24 months in a combination of new, second and third fill oak. It has a big bouquet of blackberry, black olive and mulchy aromas. Medium bodied palate with crisp acidity, big tannins and a very fresh, long finish, exhibiting crisp blackberry, raspberry and graphite notes. A balanced, delicious wine, which can age until 2025. The favorite of this Flight.
7 $39.00
Familia Zuccardi Aluvionial 2008
100% Malbec, Bright ruby-red color. Expressive nose of blackberry, cassis, licorice, violet and menthol. The palate is full-bodied with sweet, ripe black fruit. The tannins are soft and crisp, with good acidity and a sweet, intense long finish. Drink 2014-2025. A very good Malbec. Placed second for the Reds.

6 $80.00
Flight III: Dessert Votes Full Retail Price $
Familia Zuccardi Malamado Port 2010
Grapes: 100% Malbec. Fermented 10 days until achieving a residual sugar of 120 g/l, then fortified with alcohol and aged two years in French oak. Light in color with dried cherry, dried fig, and toasted nut aroma, with sweet ripe fruit and caramel flavors on the palate. Delicious.
All Liked $19.99
Caro 2010
60% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 18 months with 60% in new oak barrels. Intense deep red color. Aromas of dark cherries and boysenberries, and cassis. A deep complex aromatic wine with a long finish. The favorite of this Flight.
8 $60.00
Le Dix 2010
Grapes: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 10% Carmenere. Aged 18 months in new oak barrels. Red Claret color. Aromas of red fruits, spice, cedar, and eucalyptus. Complex, balanced and elegant with a long finish.

2 $60.00
Flight IV: Dessert Votes btl
Chateau de Cosse Sauternes
Grapes: Semillion 80-90%. Muscadelle and Sauvignon 10 to 20 %. Aged for 16 to 18 months in two year old barrels. Pale gold color. Candied fruits on the nose and concentrated flavors on the palate with hints of honey.

All Liked $30.00