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TastersGuildNY Familia Zuccardi Premium Argentine Wines




TastersGuildNY Familia Zuccardi Premium Argentine Wines

Tuesday October 9, 2012

Speaker: Ken Dane, Tri-State Regional Manager Winesellers, Ltd. Familia Zuccardi, Argentina's largest family-owned winery is one of the leading exporters of Argentine wines. For over 40 years, Familia Zuccardi has produced wines of exceptional quality and value from the soils of Maipu and Santa Rosa. Every wine at Familia Zuccardi is from estate grown, hand-picked fruit and is estate produced in a state-of-the-art facility. In total, there are 1,600 acres of noble grapes under cultivation. Innovation is a trademark of Familia Zuccardi. Experimentation with new plantings is vital to their quest for quality. Successful experiments have yielded the first Viognier from Argentina as well as a popular Pinot Grigio and a port-styled Malbec (called Malamado). When it comes to producing world class Argentine wine, Familia Zuccardi, take their job seriously. Their philosophy is simple. As Jose Zuccardi puts it, "The word 'family' is central to the way in which we have always run our business. To guarantee the quality of our Familia Zuccardi brand, we believe in using people rather than machines whenever possible." There are several distinct lines under the Zuccardi brand available in the US: Santa Julia Varietal, Organicica, Reserva: Zuccardi Serie A, Zuccardi Q, and Zeta an icon wine made from Tempanillo/Malbec blend, Zuccardi Serie A, Zuccardi Q, and Zuccard Zeta are the premium ranges of wines produced by Familia Zuccardi. The grapes for these ranges come from 100% Estate owned high altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley and Salta regions. Each vineyard site is selected for its unique micro-climate, soil, and overall quality.

We enjoyed a fun evening tasting 9 of these high quality wines.

Familia Zuccardi Series A Torrontes 2011 was the favorite White. Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2010 was the favorite of Flight II. Familia Zuccardi Series A Bonarda 2009 was favorite of Flight III. Zuccardi Zeta 2007 was the favorite of Flight IV. And everyone enjoyed the Malamado Port.

All cheese provided by Cabot Cheese Vermont.

 
Flight I: White Votes Full Retail Price $
Santa Julia Torrontes 2011
Pale straw color. Aromatic, fruity, melon, rich, medium bodied, well balanced and should be drunk young. Pair with fish, chicken and salads.
6 $10.00
Familia Zuccardi Series A Torrontes 2011
Yellow in color. Butter notes, peach, round, mouth watering finish. The favorite of the White flight.

8 $15.00
Flight II Votes Full Retail Price $
Santa Julia Plius Malbec 2011
Purple color. Cherry and spice notes with a velvety finish. Ideal for burgers, steaks, firm cheeses and pastas with red sauce.
2 $10.00
Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2010
10 11 months in French oak barrels. Intense plum, coffee and spice aromas with a warm and robust, full bodied, finish. The favorite of this Flight.

16 $12.00
Flight III Votes Full Retail Price $
Familia Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2008
Aged for 12 months in new American Oak Barrels. Intense ruby color.Great fruit aromas of dried prunes and cherries with vanilla and tobacco notes. Soft mouth feel with silky tannins and balanced acidity. It has a long finish.
4 $15.00
Familia Zuccardi Series A Bonarda 2009
Violet color. Aromas of blueberry and blackberry. Full vivacious fruit on the palate, soft, chewy and chocolate on the finish. Favorite of this flight.

11 $22.00
Flight IV Votes Full Retail Price $
Familia Zuccardi Q Malbec 2010
Aged in French oak for 12 months. Inviting scents of cedar, spices, lavender, and black cherry lead to a plush, dense, layered Malbec that will provide enjoyment over the next 6-8 years.
5 $22.00
Zuccardi Zeta 2007
Grapes: 68% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 14% Tempranillo
Aged for 14 months in new French oak (for the Malbec and Cabernet) and new American oak (for the Tempranillo).A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up a complex aromatic array of balsam wood, spice, tobacco, violets, incense, black cherry, and blackberry. Full-bodied on the palate with layered fruit and spicy flavors, it contains enough structure to evolve for 3-4 years and will deliver peak drinking from 2013 to 2022. The favorite of the Flight.

17 $45.00
Flight V: Dessert Votes Full Retail Price $
Malamado Port
Aged two years in Barrique. Light in color with a dried cherry, dried fig, and toasted nut aroma, with sweet ripe fruit and caramel notes on the palate. Delicious.



All Liked $18.00
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