In a line up of exceptional wines, and those of you who know the Zuccardi portfolio, that means just about everything, this particular wine stood out as the finest in the line up of the Poligonos series, which are sight specific in their origin. San Pablo is Argentina’s newest GI, having been established in late 2019, and is recognized as one of, if not, the Uco Valley’s coolest sub-regions. These cooler growing conditions and alluvial based soils creates wines that possess beautiful fruit purity with an engaging aromatic lift along with brightness and a higher pitch tone giving streamlined precision to the fruit. The 2019 San Pablo Malbec is sourced from vineyards that are planted on this aforementioned alluvial fan that is based on sandy loam with some calcareous content, situated at 1400 meters (4600 feet) above sea level.
The 2019 San Pablo is an exceptional example of a high elevation, cool climate Malbec produced by one of Argentina’s premier wineries. Sebastian Zuccardi is a soil freak and is one of Argentina’s major proponents of exploring Mendoza’s many microclimates and soils. He also eschews the use of new wood, basically any wood, except some older, larger fourdres, relying on concrete amphora which allows him to produce wines with great fruit purity reflective in his wines. In the context of its pricing and quality this is pretty hard to beat, this is some serious juice with good ageing potential. You are getting a wine that speaks highly of its high altitude and alluvial based soil origins.
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94 pts Wine Advocate
The first Polígonos was from San Pablo (2013) but didn’t carry the name of the appellation, as it didn’t exist. The 2019 Polígonos San Pablo Malbec fermented and matured exclusively in concrete. 2019 was a cool year, similar to 2018, and it was cooler in some places than in others. In San Pablo, the coldest of the regions, the grapes are picked very late. The area is austere and feels a bit close. For them, it’s one of the most particular places for Malbec, with descriptors that are different: citrus and herbal within the varietal, even white flowers combined with the textbook violets. The wine is fresh with red fruit to go with those fresh herbal aromas. It’s precise, chiseled and delineated.
94 pts James Suckling
Lots of blueberry, blackberry and black-licorice aromas follow through to a medium to full body with soft, medium tannins and a fresh, spicy and delicious finish. Cracked-pepper undertones. Fresh thyme, too. So balanced and refined with complexity. Drink now or hold.
93 pts Vinous
A Malbec from San Pablo the brand new GI in the higher section of the Uco Valley, fermented and aged in concrete. Bright purple in the glass. The nose offers notes of country herbs, sweet and sour cherry and fresh blackberry before the austere palate brings chalk and a skeletal feel. Juicy to the point of salinity, this is an exercise in purity that deserves to be accompanied by a good meal.
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