COUNTRY/REGION: Argentina/Uco Valley.
GRAPES: 100% Bonarda.
The 2017 Emma Zuccardi Bonarda was made with grapes from San Pablo and Altamira. It fermented in concrete, where it stayed until bottling in February 2018. But I was unlucky this time: one bottle was mildly corked, and a second one was faintly oxidative and not representative. It's a shame, because the wine had a similar profile to the 2016, keeping its poise in a slightly warmer year. So, I'll have to try to taste it again in my next round to confirm the overall impression. 10,000 bottles produced.
Zuccardi keeps going from strength to strength and is doing incredible work in the vineyards. They have bought some 35 hectares of land in Gualtallary and are going to plant plots there. The wines keep reflecting the incredible R+D work they do. The Aluvional and Polígonos wines are not only superb, they also have an incredible price for the quality and character they deliver. And the top-of-the-range wines are better than ever, even in a challenging year like 2015. Zuccardi is clearly among the top wineries of the country—and improving each year. Bravo! - Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate, 29th Jun 2018.