Zorzal "Terroir Unico" Pinot Noir 2013 Uco Valley
An elegant, compelling Pinot Noir from high up in Argentina's Uco Valley.
This lightly colored Pinot offers up a highly perfumed and beautifully complex nose of dried strawberries, herb, rose petal and clay. Peppery, spicy and ethereal on the palate with breezy red fruits and an awesome herbal top note that engagingly backfills your sinuses long after the wine has left your palate. This is a gorgeous wine at an incredible tariff if you value an elegantly styled and structured wine without bells and whistles; a multifaceted and true expression of the grape and land.
Located in Gualtallary, high up in the Uco Valley at the foot of the Tupungato volcano in central Argentina not far from the Chilean border. Here in the arid semi-desert, the Michelini brothers fashion some serious Pinot Noir from biodynamically and organically farmed, well drained, chalky/granitic alluvial soils at an altitude of 4500 feet where intense sunlight, dry air and diurnal temperature swings are equally responsible for the intensity as the soils. Their state of the art winery was built in 2008 with egg-shaped concrete fermenters and a focus on minimalist winemaking that puts “fruit before wood and austerity before exuberance”. Clearly these guys aren’t shooting for high Wine Advocate scores, but nevertheless managed to get a 91 point score (from Luis Gutierrez, the Advocate reviewer for South America) and a “can this price be real?” for their Pinot Noir. Made entirely in concrete with approximately 20% whole cluster fermentation (indigenous yeasts only), the Zorzal is designed to be a “true expression” of the Pinot Noir grape in Gualtallary, Tupungato. The results are beautifully compelling.