Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary)

Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary)

Item Number: 9647

UPC: 0-813495010771

Country: Argentina
Region: Mendoza
Sub Region: Uco Valley
Appellation/AVA: Tupungato
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sand, chalk, and stones
Elevation: 4,264 ft asl

Vineyard Notes: Grapes for Zorzal's Gran Terroir Pinot Noir come from a single vineyard in the Gualtallary region of the Tupungato Valley. The vineyard, located at 4,264 feet above sea level, was planted in 2007 and is comprised of sand, chalk, and stones.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are harvested by hand. The winery is renowned for having state-of-the-art technology in crushing, fermentation and ageing. In order to achieve natural wines of the highest quality, the winery was designed on four levels to transport grapes and wines by gravity, without the use of pumps. The Gran Terroir Malbec goes through malolactic fermentation. The wine spends 12 months in French oak barrels and is then bottle aged for 7 months before release. Only indigenous yeast are used.

Tasting Notes: Notes of strawberry, cherry, mushroom, baking spices, and clove are lifted from the glass. This leads into powdered white sugar, vanilla, blackberry, and cinnamon notes on the palate with smooth tannins and medium acidity. A long finish persists with caramel red apple, tobacco, and cola qualities.

Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.