Long gone are the days of over ripe fruit and excessive new oak that used to dominate. The 2019 Q Malbec is a beautiful rendition of a higher elevation, cooler climate Malbec that showcases lovely vibrant fruit with its assorted juicy red and darker fruit tones and sleek, almost silky textured palate. Solid to outstanding reviews across the broad paves the way for a serious bottle of over delivering wine.
94 pts James Suckling April 2021
Lots of tar to the blackberry and dark-fruit aromas here. Wet earth, too. It’s full-bodied and layered with juicy, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Rich and intense. Structured and powerful. Needs two or three years to soften. Best after 2023.
92 pts Wine Advocate March 2021
The 2019 Q Malbec is a step up after coming from the Serie A Malbec. This is more specific about the origin, which is Valle de Uco, but they select grapes from Paraje Altamira and Los Chacayes for this bottling, where the soils start to deliver some chalky minerality in the wines. There is contained ripeness and fully developed flavors and aromas. It’s medium to full-bodied with fine, chalky tannins. It matured in concrete and 30% in 500-liter oak barrels. 300,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020.
91 pts Wine Spectator ‘Smart Buys’ 12/15/20
This rich red offers a deep well of cherry, dark plum and wild herb flavors that are matched to crisp acidity. Lots of flinty accents midpalate lead to a finish that lingers with cedar and slate. Drink now through 2024.
91 pts Vinous Oct 2020
A Malbec from Los Chacayes and Paraje Altamira, 30% aged in French oak. “To ensure that the grape keeps its freshness, I’d rather err on the underripe side than let it go over,” said Sebastián Zuccardi. And the wine shows the effectiveness of that approach. Fresh raspberry and plum, wood, mint, jarilla and thyme all come out on the nose, while the palate is sugary and flows well, with polished tannins. Juicy and a little skinny, this is a modern take on Malbec.
90 pts Wine & Spirits Oct 2020
Sebastián Zuccardi reaches into the higher altitudes of the Uco Valley—to Vista Flores and La Consulta—to create this bright, cheerful wine. It’s floral and red-fruited, with notes of rose, berries and cream preserved by the vineyards’ cool climate and his light hand in the cellar. Silky in texture, it’s a crowd-pleasing, refreshing malbec.
An exceptional harvest. Conditions were very fresh and dry. Cooler weather allowed for great natural acidity. This is very balanced with good structure. It has aromas of wild herbs, wild purple flowers and bright red and black fruit. On the palate the freshness persists with notes of red fruit, blueberries, cassis and spices like black pepper.