Zorzal Wines

Zorzal is a young, boutique winery that was founded in 2007 by the Michelini brothers, Gerardo, Matias, and Juan Pablo ("Juampi"). They completed their first vintage in 2008. The winery and vineyards are located in a section of the Uco Valley called Gualtallary ("Gualta"), outside the town of Tupungato, at approximately 4,500 feet above sea level. The Zorzal winery is the highest winery in Mendoza. The estate consists of 70 hectares on a unique blend of sand, stones, and limestone and is planted to multiple varieties including Malbec, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and a few others. The grapes are all hand harvested and Juampi's vision is to have a light hand in the winemaking to let the fruit and terroir shine. The winery practices organic methods in the vineyards and uses only indigenous yeast in the winemaking process.

Zorzal tends to pick it's grapes a little earlier than most in Mendoza to retain freshness and acidity in their wines instead of the overblown ripeness that is too often seen. They are already considered to be a rising star in Argentina with their focused wines and enticing expression of multiple varieties above and beyond their stunning Malbecs. They also make a series of wines called EGGO, consisting of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir completely fermented and aged in large concrete eggs. The EGGO wines are more limited in production.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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Zorzal 'Eggo Tinto de Tiza' Red Blend 2016
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "The incredible 2016 Eggo Tinto de Tiza was cropped from one of the coolest years in recent times, which provided a slow ripening of the grapes and resulted in wines with higher natural acidity. This wine is now exclusively Malbec from Gualtallary (it used to have some Cabernet
Item Number: 32584
Case: $269.40

Zorzal Wine Pinot Noir 2017
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2017 Terroir Único Pinot Noir fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats, where it was kept until bottling. It's a fruit-driven, fresh Pinot Noir sold at an incredible price. Clean, ripe without excess, with a light to medium-bodied palate, fine tannins and juicy fruit.
Item Number: 31133
Case: $131.40

Zorzal Wines 'Terrior Unico' Malbec 2017
91  James Suckling 
James Suckling 91 "Big morello cherry and blueberry fruit as well as hints of earth and spices (and restrained oak!). Moderately tannic. A clean finish. Rather fascinating. Easy to drink now. Publish Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018"  Wine Advocate 89 "The 2017 Terroir Único Malbec was produced
Item Number: 30948
Case: $119.40

Zorzal 'Grand Terroir Pinot Noir 2016
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "Cropped from an excellent vintage in Gualtallary, the 2016 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir fermented in concrete and matured in oak barrels for some 14 months. Zorzal's wines are usually very good value for the money, and this is an outstanding Pinot Noir at an unbelievable price point.
Item Number: 30754
Case: $179.40

Zorzal 'Eggo Tinto de Tiza' Red Blend 2015
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The one blend in the Eggo range is the 2015 Eggo Tinto de Tiza, which mixes Malbec with 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in 2,000-liter egg-shaped cement vats where the wine matured for almost one year. This feels quite complete and balanced, with good

Zorzal Wines 'Terrior Unico' Malbec 2015
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90+ "The 2015 Terroir Único Malbec is produced with the fruit from eight- to 12-year-old vines on sandy and stony-limestone soils at 1,350 meters altitude. The destemmed grapes fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts and was kept in those vats between five and ten months until

Zorzal Wine Pinot Noir 2016
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 “The 2016 Terroir Único Pinot Noir fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts and 25% full clusters. It's kept in cement vat until bottling. It's a very pure, fruit-driven, focused and clean Pinot Noir, varietal, aromatic and perfumed. This feels like a great vintage for Pinot

Zorzal Wines 'Field Blend' Cab Sauv Malbec Blend 2010
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94  "The 2010 Field Blend comprises 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Malbec that are co-fermented and raised in used casks for between 18 and 20 months. It has an expressive bouquet of black currant, graphite and crushed stone that unfurls beautifully in the glass. The palate is

Zorzal Wines 'Eggo Tinto' Malbec Blend 2012
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 " The 2012 Eggo Tinto is produced with 90% Malbec with some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon thrown into the mix. As with all the Zorzal reds, it fermented and aged in egg-shaped cement vats for one year and half of the wine was in contact with the skins for eight months. It

Zorzal Wines 'Eggo Blanc' Sauvignon Blanc 2013
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2013 Eggo Blanc is pure Sauvignon Blanc pressed directly and fermented and aged in egg-shaped cement vats with the lees until it was bottled unfiltered and untouched in September. This is the first vintage for this wine. It went through malolactic following their philosophy of

Zorzal Wines 'Terrior Unico' Malbec 2013
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2013 Terroir Unico Malbec is unoaked and sourced from a special vineyard close to the winery, planted in poor soil. The code name they use internally to identify the wine is “chalk.” It does have a strong sense of minerality and the pure character of the Malbec, with fresh

Zorzal Wines Terroir Unico Malbec 2012
" This hand harvested, single vineyard, from Gualtallary is 100% Malbec. The wine predominantly shows notes of coffee, blueberry, and chocolate with secondary notes of licorice, black cherry, cinnamon, baking spices, and sage. The complexity of the wine extends into the palate by being big and bold