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 AG 88 In Stock
Zorzal 2016 'Eggo' Franco (Cabernet Franc), Tupungato Login In Stock
Zorzal 2016 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato Login WA 95 In Stock
Zorzal 2016 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login WA 91+ AG 90+ In Stock
Zorzal 2018 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login AG 89 WA 91 In Stock
Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login AG 90 WA 91+ <1 Case
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 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 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 Rose, Tupungato
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (9/5/2019)

    Subtle, pure aromas of strawberry, raspberry and earth. At once supple and brisk, with slightly edgy acidity framing the red fruit and soil flavors. An easygoing wine with modest depth, finishing with pronounced acidity that will bite into food.
  • 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 Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (9/5/2019)

    Aromas of blueberry, blackberry, menthol, chocolate and herbs. Round and spicy, showing more sweetness and depth than the Terroir Unico Pinot Noir. The wine's blackberry fruit is framed by integrated acidity and complicated by a suggestion of saline minerality. Finishes with gentle tannins and lovely length. Good sneaky flavor intensity here.
  • 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 2018 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (10/31/2019)

    In the 2018 Terroir Único Malbec, there are some grapes from El Peral and San José, other villages in Tupungato, because it's very hard to get grapes from Gualtallary, and the number of grapes has grown in volume in this vintage. This Malbec is a very precise photo of the place, grape and vintage, one of the best for this wine.
  • Zorzal 2016 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (6/29/2018)

    The incredible 2016 Eggo Tinto de Tiza was cropped from one of the coolest years in recent times, which provided a slow ripening of the grapes and resulted in wines with higher natural acidity. This wine is now exclusively Malbec from Gualtallary (it used to have some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon before). It fermented with 10% full clusters and indigenous yeasts in egg-shaped concrete vats, where the wine matured for ten months. It's super aromatic, with notes of thyme, oregano, spices and something earthy, like the countryside after the rain. It's young and has an explosive, vibrant palate with electric acidity and chalky tannins. 2016 could very well be the finest vintage to date, one of those vintages that will be legendary. This is just unbelievable for the price.