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 2017 'Eggo' Franco (Cabernet Franc), Tupungato Login WA 93 WE 93 In Stock
Zorzal 2019 Gran Terroir Cabernet Franc, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login In Stock
Zorzal 2020 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login In Stock
Zorzal 2020 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato Login WS 88 In Stock
Zorzal 2019 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato Login 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 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.
  • Zorzal 2017 'Eggo' Franco (Cabernet Franc), Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (6/29/2018)

    The 2017 Eggo Franco is pure Cabernet Franc cropped from seven-year-old vines on alluvial soils high in calcium carbonate. It fermented with 10% full clusters in concrete vats, where it matured with the full lees until bottling at the end of the year. It's very varietal, herbal and spicy, with good structure and body, great balance and power, with fine-grained, chalky tannins
  • Zorzal 2017 'Eggo' Franco (Cabernet Franc), Tupungato
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 93 (6/11/2020)

    Dusty cherry and berry aromas are earthy and highly natural, with no overripe notes or oak. A full, ripe palate offers fine balance between weight and elegance, while this tastes of clean black fruits prior to a finish with dry tannins. This is fresh and exact, with little of the herbal character that often comes with Cabernet franc. Drink through 2025.
  • Zorzal 2017 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato
    Decanter
    Rating: 91 (10/10/2021)

    Brimming with purity of rhubarb, sweet cassis and a subtle herbaceous streak. Defined and focused on the palate with soft tannins.
  • Zorzal 2020 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88 (7/31/2022)

    A well-defined style, offering roasted herb notes to a plum and blackberry core. Ends with dusty chocolate and spice notes around fine tannins. Drink now.