Wine Name/Vineyard: Zuccardi
Wine Category: Malbec
Grape blend: 100% Malbec
Bottle size: 750 ml
Region: Valle de Uco
State or country: Argentina
Cases produced: N/A
The Barrel Cellar Score: 91 points
Review date: May 31, 2022
About the Winemaker: I’ve enjoyed countless bottles of wine over the years, but Zuccardi’s Concreto wine is a first for me. It’s a Malbec aged in concrete “eggs” rather than oak barrels. It turned out to be as unique in its taste as it is in the method it was made.
Color: Deep Purple
Nose: Creamy notes with bright aromas of “Grape” fruit chews and fresh herbs.
Taste: Stone fruit, mineral notes, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Short lived finish of chocolate covered cherries and freshly ground cinnamon dust.
Assessment: My first thoughts upon taking my first sip from the glass were that the wine is a great mix of fruity and tannic character notes, without the spiciness of an oaked Malbec. It maybe my mind playing tricks on me, but I couldn’t shake hints of concrete dust that conjured images of cool, freshly set concrete. It might sound odd, but it adds a nice complexity, and brings, in fact a welcome dimension – I don’t even miss the expected spiciness.
There is some real depth to this wine. My favorite part is the plentiful mid-palate notes of both milk and dark chocolate. There is a beautiful tannic dryness that compliments the juice and isn’t nearly as aggressive as that of an oaked Malbec.
This wine offers a unique experience at an approachable price. The Barrel Cellar gives Concreto 2020 by Zuccardi 91points.
Pairing recommendation: Mild goat cheese, Ravioli with Vodka sauce, cannoli with a chocolate drizzle.