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2011 Familia Zuccardi Malbec Q Valle de Uco Mendoza
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

(aged for 12 months in new French oak):  Bright, full ruby-red.  Rather bound-up nose hints at blackberry, bitter chocolate and violet.  Then round and broad on the palate, with dark berry, violet, oak and herb flavors showing little in the way of easy sweetness.  Still a bit youthfully aggressive today, finishing with plenty of dusty tannins and lingering saline, herb and menthol notes.

89 Points | Wine Spectator

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About Argentina

Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.

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The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina.
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