Zorzal

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Country of Origin: Argentina
Location: Gualtallary, Uco Valley
People: Gerardo, Matias, & Juan Pablo Michelini, Owners | Juan Pablo Michelini, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Items

Zorzal 2018 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir Rose, Tupungato Login In Stock
Zorzal 2016 'Eggo' Franco (Cabernet Franc), Tupungato Login In Stock
Zorzal 2015 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login AG 92 In Stock
Zorzal 2016 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login WA 91+ AG 90+ In Stock
Zorzal 2018 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login In Stock
Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login AG 90 WA 91+ In Stock
Zorzal 2017 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato Login WA 90 In Stock
Zorzal 2015 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato Login WA 94 AG 90 In Stock



Media Links
Grape Collective: Elevating Malbec: Gerardo Michelini of Zorzal
Quench Magazine: Argentina's Canadian Connection
Around the World in 80 Harvests: A New Style of Wine in Mendoza: Interview with Winemaker Matias Michelini
Amanda Barnes Blog: 10 Argentine Winemaker's to Watch (Matias & Juan Pablo both mentioned)
Dining Out: Zorzal Wines
De Vinos y Vides: Juan Pablo Michelini: Creando Vinos en Huevos de Cemento

Social Media Links

Twitter: @micheliniwine, @juampimiche, @zorzalwines
Instagram: @micheliniwine09, @jpmiche, @geramichelini

Zorzal is a young winery that began in 2007 by the Michelini brothers, Gerardo, Matias, and Juan Pablo (the winemaker) along with a group of Canadian investors, with it’s first vintage being 2008. The winery and vineyards are located in the subregion of the Uco Valley called Gualtallary, outside the town of Tupungato, at approximately 4,500 feet above sea level, which makes it the highest winery in Mendoza. The estate consists of 70 hectares on a unique blend of sand, stones, and limestone and is planted to multiple varietals including Malbec, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a few others.

The grapes are all harvested by hand, and the vision is to have minimal intervention (or a "light hand") in the winery so as to let the fruit and terroir shine. The winery practices organic methods in the vineyards and uses only indigenous yeast in the winemaking process. Zorzal tends to pick its grapes a little earlier (greener) than most in Mendoza to retain freshness and acidity in their wines instead of the overblown ripeness that is too often seen. They are already considered to be a rising star in Argentina with their focused wines and enticing expression of multiple varietals above and beyond their stunning Malbecs.

Wine Advocate 10/2012
"Their passion and commitment, their spirituality and, for want of a better word, “purity” in terms of doing what they do for the love of it rather than financial reward, bought to mind the Lopez de Heredia sisters in Rioja. If you want cutting edge, meticulously crafted Argentinean wines hot footed from one of the most exciting sub-regions (Gualtallary), then look no further than Zorzal or indeed, Passionate Wines (the solo venture of Matias Michelini)."

Reviews

  • Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (3/1/2016)

    (vinified with a portion of whole clusters): Bright pale-medium red. Pungent chalky lift to the aromas of raspberry, red cherry, white pepper and spices. Silky-smooth and extremely dry on the palate, with strong soil-driven salinity to the red fruit and spice flavors. Fascinating flavorful Pinot with suave, dusty tannins and excellent subtle persistence. Another fine value.
  • Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91+ (12/30/2016)

    The 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir follows a fermentation process similar to the Terroir Único, but the wine matured in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels for 14 months. There is a volatile touch intermixed with ripe wild berries and more development, with a spicy twist. The palate is medium-bodied and with grainy tannins, mixing ripeness with moderate acidity.
  • Zorzal 2015 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (12/30/2016)

    The one blend in the Eggo range is the 2015 Eggo Tinto de Tiza, which mixes Malbec with 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in 2,000-liter egg-shaped cement vats where the wine matured for almost one year. This feels quite complete and balanced, with good ripeness while keeping the balance and poise. The palate is juicy and fresh, with fine-grained tannins and a bittersweet finish akin to sour cherries. Very tasty and long. Super. Incredible for the price.
  • Zorzal 2017 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/29/2018)

    The 2017 Terroir Único Malbec was produced with grapes from Gualtallary that fermented in concrete eggs vats with indigenous yeasts. There are ripe aromas with varietal characteristics—violets and cherries—and the proverbial round, sweet and glossy tannins of the grape. It's juicy, fruit-driven and soft, very approachable.
  • Zorzal 2017 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (6/29/2018)

    The 2017 Terroir Único Pinot Noir fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats, where it was kept until bottling. It's a fruit-driven, fresh Pinot Noir sold at an incredible price. Clean, ripe without excess, with a light to medium-bodied palate, fine tannins and juicy fruit. Great value.
  • Zorzal 2015 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (7/25/2018)

    Aromas of currant, black pepper, licorice and crushed stone, lifted by a violet nuance. Very suave and energetic, with strong chalky minerality currently keeping the wine's dark berry and violet flavors under wraps. But there's nothing hard about this persistent, smoothly tannic wine. Suave, light on its feet and sneaky-long, with utterly no edges.
  • Zorzal 2017 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (7/25/2018)

    Youthfully brooding aromas of blackberry, blueberry, menthol, licorice and minerals. Saline, very fine-grained and light on its feet, with strong smoky mineral energy enlivening the black and blue fruit flavors. Finishes saline and long, with dusty but essentially suave tannins. A serious Malbec for the price, but with enough sweetness to give it early appeal.
  • Zorzal 2015 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (7/1/2018)

    Expressive aromas of blackberry, black cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate complicated by violet and a light feral note. Juicy, intense red and darker berry fruit flavors are lifted by notes of spices and crushed chalk. I did not taste this wine next to the 2016 version (which I sampled in Uco Valley), but this is clearly a fuller, plusher, somewhat sweeter style, showing a fine-grained texture, very broad tannins and superb fruit persistence. This may ultimately be less floral and penetrating than the young '16 and perhaps not quite as long but it hardly lacks for energy. And it will give more pleasure over the next few years.
  • Zorzal 2016 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91+ (6/29/2018)

    They have been progressively reducing the oak, and the 2016 Gran Terroir Malbec matured in third, fourth and fifth use French oak barrels for 15 months. 2016 seems to be a great vintage in the high-altitude parts of the Valle de Uco, and these grapes from Gualtallary seem to have achieved perfect ripeness while keeping lively freshness. The wine is produced in a transparent style, with little oak and nice balance. This is a very nice representation of the place, grape and year at an unbeatable price.
  • Zorzal 2016 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Vinous
    Rating: 90+ (7/25/2018)

    Made in concrete, then racked into barriques for 15 months; as this wine is made from the estate's most calcareous Malbec in Gualtallary, it needs more oak to breathe," noted Gerardo Michelini): Sweet, energetic aromas of dark fruits, minerals and violet. Conveys an impression of Pinot penetration and thrust, with its blackberry and violet flavors enlivened by notes of mint and wild herbs. More concentrated than the Terroir Unico Malbec, with its ripe tannins making that wine seem a bit dusty by comparison. This very suave but backward wine finishes with lovely violet lift. I'd love to see how this evolves over the next seven or eight years.