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 2016 'Eggo' Franco (Cabernet Franc), Tupungato Login AG 88 In Stock
Zorzal 2016 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login WA 91+ AG 90+ <1 Case
Zorzal 2018 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login In Stock
Zorzal 2019 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato Login WA 91 In Stock
Zorzal 2018 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato Login AG 89 WA 92 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 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.
  • Zorzal 2018 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (9/5/2019)

    Inviting spicy lift to the aromas of cherry, raspberry, cardamom and loam. A classic red-fruit-and-spice style of Pinot Noir with a fairly soft texture and harmonious juicy acidity for support. Finishes with very gentle tannins and a light touch. This doesn't have the complexity or depth for 90 points but it's more pristine than some past vintages.
  • Zorzal 2018 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (10/31/2019)

    The floral and perfumed 2018 Terroir Único Pinot Noir is a great expression of the grape with intense flavors, great clarity and precision and a clean, long and tasty finish. All of these wines have moderate alcohol, very good freshness and a medium body, which is like saying they are super drinkable. This 2018 has to be one of the finest vintages for this bottling. It is a great value.
  • Zorzal 2016 'Eggo' Franco (Cabernet Franc), Tupungato
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (7/10/2018)

    Aromas of cherry, raspberry, spices and wild herbs are from the typically scented Cabernet Franc in Gualtallary, not from oak. Supple red fruit and spice flavors offer moderate concentration but more pliancy than the Eggo Tinto de Tiza. The tannins turn a bit dusty with air, reaching the front teeth.
  • Zorzal 2019 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (3/31/2021)

    The pure 2019 Terroir Único Malbec is varietal and fresh and was produced with grapes from Gualtallary. Bottled unoaked, it has purity, showing the soul and essence of the wild place. It's medium-bodied and has very fine tannins and mellow acidity. It was bottled after eight months in concrete eggs.
  • Zorzal 2019 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (3/31/2021)

    The unoaked and fruit-driven 2019 Terroir Único Pinot Noir has some floral and perfumed characteristics. It's a light red with 12% alcohol and a medium-bodied palate with very fine tannins and great clarity of fruit. It has a very light color, and the wine is delicate and varietal. It finishes with explosive flavors of red cherries. Delicious! It was bottled in December 2019 after eight months in concrete eggs.