ZUCCARDI Malbec, Finca Piedra Infinita 2017 Bottle - VERY LIMITED
Red Still Wine | Argentina | Mendoza | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
The 2016 gained huge praise having been awarded 100 points by Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate) and the 2017 has also been scored very highly getting 98 points, the top score from Luis for any wine coming from that vintage in Argentina.
In his report Luis states “The Zuccardis are one of the hardest working wine families in Argentina—and the world. I’ve talked about their progression repeatedly in my previous articles, and I can only repeat myself here. Their wines are getting better and better…”
James Suckling also rates this wine highly awarding it 97 points and the following note:
“This is very intense with blackberry and blueberry character, as well as hot stones and granite. Full body. Chewy tannins fan out across the palate. A serious, powerful wine. Needs at least four or five years to soften. Impressive. Try in 2025”
The 2017 vintage
The vintage was a warmer year than the prior three vintages, the harvest was early and has resulted in wines that are a little more ripe, open and less austere than the 2016 Piedra Infinita. Whilst the 2017 is not a highly rated as the 2016 or 2018 vintage the resulting wine from Zuccardi is excellent attributable to the hard work done in the vineyards and the fact that they have the flexibility of various plots that go into blending the Piedra Infinita.
The Wine Advocate 98 points
Drink Date: 2021 - 2028
Luis Gutiérrez, 31st Mar 2021
"They use some specific soils for the 2017 Finca Piedra Infinita, up to eight different plots, but not all plots contribute to the wine every vintage; in general, the zones with 20 to 60 centimeters of soil and then large stones with calcium carbonate are reflected in the wines. So, they deconstruct the vineyard, and then they build the blend with the plots they like for each wine, up to eight here but only a specific one for the Supercal and Gravascal. There's a little more ripeness and exuberance here within the general austerity of the whole Piedra Infinita range, especially when compared with the 2018s. They harvested 15 to 20 days earlier than in 2018 (or in 2016) and they had to run, but the separation they have by soil helped them to harvest earlier the earlier-ripening parts of the vineyard. That gave them a great advantage and they produced very good 2017s, but the condition of the year, a shorter cycle and a more hurried year was what it was. This 2017 is not as long as the 2018, and there is a strong chalkiness in the finish. 7,300 bottles were filled in August 2018."