2018 Poligonos San Pablo Malbec, Familia Zuccardi, Mendoza, Argentina
"This is a fantastic red with intense black pepper and other spices to the blue fruit. Full body. Creamy, polished and extremely intense. Fantastic finish. No wood. Only concrete." James Suckling, 96 Points.
"The Polígonos del Valle de Uco is their village range where they show the village and variety. 2013 was the first vintage, and one of the first wines was the Malbec from San Pablo, which has come from their own vineyards there since 2016. I tasted the 2018 Polígonos San Pablo Malbec, which, as all the Malbec bottlings in this range, fermented and matured exclusively in concrete. San Pablo is the coldest of the regions they work with, and these are the last grapes to be picked. The place has a completely different logic than Gualtallary and Altamira, which see an early harvest. This is 13.5% alcohol, the lowest of the three. They avoid over-ripeness like the plague, and they don't want under-ripeness either; so, the harvesting window in San Pablo is not that wide, but it's late, and most varieties tend to ripen at more or less the same time. This is the most austere of the three, with even some citrus hints, with the varietal base of violets and herbs. But the main difference is in the texture; it's extremely fine-grained here, precise, like cut with a laser. This is great quality for the price asked. 8,000 bottles were filled in February 2019." Drink 2019-2023, Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate. 94 Points.
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