the journey continues in Mendoza's Maipú Region
posted May 10 2010
Familia Zuccardi was started in 1963 by Don Alberto
V. Zuccardi who had previously established an irrigation company. By harnessing
melting Andes snow runoff into concrete pipes Zuccardi was able to plant, and
watch an the first vineyard in the desert region of Maipú flourish.
Later he did the same thing in Santa Rosa.
Zuccardi now farms over 700 hectares of vineyards around Mendoza, including
Maipú, Santa Rosa, and in Uco Valley"s Vista Flores and Altamira.
Don Alberto's son Jose Alberto Zuccardi now runs the company with his sons.
(right: Torrontes vine and berries)
Zuccardi is now the third largest wine exporter in Argentina. The East Maipu
winery I visited actually has several wineries on site - all different areas to
the labels Santa Julia, Siria, sparkling wines
and a research area as well.
Zuccardi is constantly
evolving and experimenting and I was able to taste
barrel samples of many unique varietal test
such as Alvarinho, Fiano, Verdelho,
Caladoc (a cross btw Malbec & Grenache),
Bourbelenc, Aglianico and more...
Famila Zuccardi also works diligently on sustainability which not only includes
recycling water and organic agriculture but on people in their community and
workers through education and cultural activities.
Only about 30 minutes drive from Mendoza city you can visit the beautiful
visitors center, a quaint building where you can dine at La Casa Del
Visitante, taste and purchase their olive oils and wines, have afternoon tea
on the patio with fresh baked goodies and wander through their education
(above right: serving Empanadas at Zuccardi.
below right :grilling on the open-air asado barbecue)
Julia Viognier, 2009 is a great value standby with plenty of floral and
spicy aromatic, creamy peaches and lime with
grapefruit peel notes. The palate echoes the aromas - it is lively with sweet
spices, papaya and peach with layers of citrus. Very tasty.
Santa Julia Malbec, 2009 shows liberal dark berry and chocolate with
leather, spice and rich earthy tones. The palate reflects that - chocolate,
leather and dark fruit with plenty of peppery spice.
$12 in BC and AB
Santa Julia Organica Malbec Rosé is a fresh sipper with aromas of rhubarb
and strawberries with cherry notes. It is off-dry but shows nice acidity to
balance, slight confectionary flavours with hints of pink grapefruit and spice.
Santa Julia Magna, 2008 is one half Malbec with 40% Cabernet and 10%
Syrah. It has vibrant cherry, vanilla and sweet spice aromas. The palate is
spicy - smoky pepper and dried herbs with layers of juicy red fruit and
chocolate and hazelnut flavours.
Santa Julia Reserva Malbec, 2008 had gobs of purple fruit, vanilla, sweet
spice and chocolate. Sweet and spicy leads the palate - ripe fruit and spice,
cedarbox and lingering chocolate. Supple with nice acidity and powdery tannins
across the palate make this a easy drinking consumer friendly Malbec.
Zuccardi 'Q' Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 has loads of
cassis and tobacco, chocolate and sweet spice with
gravel-y mineral notes. The palate is decidedly fresh
with great acidity and
The tannins are sweet but grippy.
Zuccardi Zeta, 2006 is mostly Malbec with 34% Tempranillo. It has big,
bold aromas, purple fruit and spice, leather and crushed dark flowers and choco/mocha
notes. The texture on this wine is fantastic - supple and rich and it has
complex layers of fruit and spice with balanced refreshing acidity and smooth
For more information on Familia Zuccardi
Finca Flichman was a lovely afternoon visit.
Unfortunately, I had rolled in late from my previous visit and was horrified
that the group at FF was waiting patiently with a gorgeous lunch in the shade.
They were utterly charming and warm hosts though, and I was able to relax as we
dined and chatted.
(photo right: left hand, Luis Cabral De Almeida Chief
Winemaker and right hand Ricardo Rebelo, Vice-President of Finca Flichman)
Finca Flichman is one of the oldest wineries
The winery was built and the first vineyards were planted in 1873 here in
It remained in the original family's hands until 1983 when it was acquired by an
Argentine conglomerate. Then 1998 it was purchased by its current owners, the
Portuguese wine producer Sogrape, who wanted to build quality and expand their
The original homestead and winery where I visited has been completely restored -
you truly do have the feeling
you are visiting a piece of Argentina's wine history.
The wines are readily available here. Finca Flichman
strong in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
Read my most recent reviews of:
Finca Flichman Misterio Malbec, 2008
Finca Flichman Oak Aged Shiraz, 2008
Finca Flichman Oak Aged Malbec, 2008
Finca Flichman Oak Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008
Finca Flichman Expresiones Reserve
Malbec~Cabernet, 2007 comes from 30 year
old vines and is a powerful wine with bold plum and black berries, dark earth
and bittersweet cocoa - it has an almost a liqueur-like intensity. The palate is
plush yet bright, juicy berry fruit, cedarbox and spice flavours.
Very nice acidity with long fine tannins.
Finca Flichman Paisage de Tupungato, 2006
Tupungato blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
It has a smoky, meaty intensity with black fruits, forest floor and espresso.
The palate is potent with firm fruit, coffee and loads of spice flavours. The
tannins are ripe throughout, not focused solely on the finish, the acidity is
Finca Flichman Dedicado, 2006
is a blend of 84% Tupungato Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah and 1% of Merlot
that is only made in the best vintages. This is a massive wine.
Extracted and meaty with potent berry flavours, mineral,
roasted coffee beans and cocoa There is a definite
mineral salinity on the palate layered with currents, plums,
grilled meat and cocoa with plenty of fine spice.
finish is extensive, the tannins grippy but fine and elongated.
Nicely polished wine - nice complexity.
For more on Finca Flichman
More Good Sips
Cruz de Piedra is
located in the lower foothills of Maipú. Their first harvest was in 1980 and
they have 200 hectares of planted vines. The company consists of four labels;
Cruz De Piedra, Cuesta De Madero, Tiasta and Umbral.
Umbral De Los Tempos Chardonnay, 2008 shows bright lemon and citrus,
browned butter and pineapple with hints of honey. The palate shows plenty of
snappy citrus flavours, melon and pineapple with predominant spiced oak.
Umbral De Los Tempos
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 the Cabernet grapes for this wine come from 34
year old vines. Juicy berry fruits, wild herbs and chocolate with plenty of
spice and a savoury, meaty core. The palate shows sweet fruit with spice the
texture is creamy the tannins are fine and powdery. Cocoa flavours linger on the
translates into "wine from my land", a
compelling title for this family owned Bodega. The family draws grapes from
their 100 year old vines in Lujan de Cuyo's Perdia district and from 25 year old
vines in Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is not only drier (here the water must be pumped
in) but warmer than Perdia which has plenty of water and larger daytime/nightime
diurnal swings. The winery is located in nearby Maipú.
of the Mi Terruño wines are available in private stores in BC
Mi Terruño Reserve Malbec, Perdia, 2008 this is an excellent Malbec with
loads of pretty floral notes, purple berries and sweet spice, hints of mint and
chocolate. Supple and fleshy on the palate it releases cassis and sweet spice,
leather and espresso flavours. Fantastic concentration.
Mi Terruño Mayacaba, Perdia this is Mi Terruño's premium Malbec with
fragrant floral notes, sunwarmed purple berries, sweet mint and herbs. The
texture is gorgeous, the flavours are ripe berries and spice, vanilla and hints
of new oak. Very nice structure and balanced acidity.
owns almost 1300 hectares of vineyards
spread across 8 vineyard sites around Mendoza and their wines are produced in
three separate wineries. Trivento was
in1996 by the powerful Chilean brand Concha Y Toro and are available in 100
Trivento Malbec Reserve, 2008 this wine is always a great value - the
2008 shows mixed berry fruit and espresso notes, it has plenty of juicy, ripe
berry fruit on the palate with cedar-y hints and spice. It is rounded and
supple, easy-drinking with coffee flavours lingering on the finish. $13 BC
Trivento Malbec Reserve, 2007 read my recent review
Trivento Amado Sur 2007- read my recent review
Trivento Golden Malbec Reserve Malbec,
2007 This reserve Malbec is 100% Lujan
de Cuyo (Maipú, Lujan and Agrelo) fruit and is plush with ripe purple fruit -
berries and plums - coffee and chocolate. The palate is lush, laden with spicy
berry fruit, vanilla and sweet spiced cocoa. Nice complexity and expressive with
sweet tannins.$26 BC
Trivento Golden Malbec Reserve Malbec, 2005
read my most recent review
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