09 Dec Wine Wednesday: Familia Zuccardi ‘Q’ Malbec 2012 ($20)
“A soft and balanced red with round tannins and juicy fruit with chocolate and berry character. Drink now. Drink and love malbec – from Consulta and Vistafores.” – James Suckling
Wine Ratings & Awards:
THEGRAPE Certified Gold Medal – 2014
James Suckling – 91 Points – 2014
Wine Spectator – 90 Points – 2014
The Dallas Wine Competition – Silver Medal – 2014
The famous, Familia Zuccardi wines began over 50 years ago, when Alberto Zuccardi, third generation Italian-Argentine decided to move to Argentina to cultivate and produce grapes into fine wine. He eventually settled in the Uco valley wine region of Mendoza, situated along the western border of Argentina. Today, Alberto’s grandson, Sebastian Zuccardi, runs the family estate, where he applies the ‘parral’ system to their vineyard. This method helps train the vines to grow into a series of arches, as a result, the grapes are more flavorful, have higher polyphenols as well as anti-oxidants. Experience a taste of Argentina through Zuccardi’s deliciously balanced, elegant, smooth wines.
The appreciated, 2012 Zuccardi Q Malbec displays an opulent purple hue. Expect to be greeted by intense aromas of black and red fruits like: blackberries, cassis, and currant, along with dried figs and blueberry jelly. French oak aging offers tobacco and chocolate hints. At first, the texture is both soft and silky with great structure followed by firm and sweet tannins, all of which work up to a tasty long finish. Wine Spectator wrote the following review, “This is dark, with a racy edge to the cassis, crushed plum and raspberry notes, gliding along a full-bodied frame. Hints of cream and mocha balanced the tannins on the finish.” And Wine Enthusiast wrote this review, “Blueberry and boysenberry aromas are deep and slightly reduced in nature. This is a chunky, wide-bodied wine with wiry acidity and more power than elegance. Flavors of roasted, toasted black fruits finish blocky and with espresso-like bitterness.”
Pour and savor a glass tonight or store for a couple more years – you decide. While you mull it over, consider pairing this fine wine with the following recipes we recommend. The Argentinean dish, Berenjena en Escabeche pairs beautifully with this wine – then again so do the, pepper crusted pork chops and seared steak with potato-artichoke hash. As for our vegans and vegetarians, try the potato veggie burgers they too, are very tasty.
Wine Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Wine Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Full-bodied, Rich & Smooth
Food & Wine Pairings: Pepper Crusted Pork Chops – Click To View Recipe
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The 2012 Zuccardi Q’ Malbec is a terrific choice for those who love and appreciate a good, flavorful full-bodied red wine. Smell, sip and then satisfy your palate as juicy waves of plum, blackberry, and dried currant lead way to softer notes of tobacco and chocolate with faint echoes of smokiness. For best results, I recommend pairing with an equally tasty meal. Share and enjoy this Grape Certified Gold wine with friends. Cheers!